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Suspect in Custody for Domestic Violence Explosive Devices and Grenades Found During a Search Warrant
Posted: 11/26/2013 12:00 AM
On Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an individual in the state of Washington. The caller reported that his mother who lives in the 600 block of West Oak Tree Lane, San Tan Valley had been involved in an argument with her other son, Wesley Boles (age 51 of San Tan Valley). The caller reported that Wesley had put a gun to his mothers head a few days prior.

Deputies were able to contact the alleged victim by phone. The victim said her son Wesley had pointed a handgun at her head and pushed her onto a bed a few days prior during an argument. The victim said that she was afraid of Wesley and that was why she didn’t leave the residence or call for help.

A criminal history check was conducted on Wesley and it showed he was prohibited possessor of a firearm because he has two prior felony convictions. Based on what victim reported and Wesley being a convicted Felon, a search warrant was obtained to search the residence for weapons and arrest Wesley for Aggravated Assault (Domestic Violence) and for being a Prohibited Possessor.

PCSO Person Crime detectives along with SWAT team members served a search warrant on the residence. Inside of the residence, there were several weapons, improvised explosive devices (IED’s), homemade explosive devices and a large amount of ammunition.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety Bomb Squad responded and helped recover the devices and disarm them. Detectives seized 28 firearms, 2 class three weapons, 2 suppressors, 2 37mm rocket-propelled grenades, 5 homemade explosive devices, an explosive detonator, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. A closet in his bedroom was also bobby trapped with a rifle set to fire when the door was opened.

Wesley was taken into custody and admitted to assaulting his mother and possessing firearms and ammunition. When he arrived at the Pinal County Jail to be booked for Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Possessor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, detectives had attempted to question him further about his plan for the explosive devises but Wesley began to have convulsions. Medical aid was provided and he was transported to a local hospital where he was put into a medically induced coma. It is unknown if the medical issue was a result of his recent use of methamphetamines. Today, he was released from the hospital and has been booked. Additional charges related to the possession of the explosive devices are pending.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Wesley Boles is a serial criminal and it is alarming that he had amassed such an arsenal of weapons, bullets, rocket propelled grenades and homemade IED’s. We are fortunate to have arrested him prior to any of his intentions were realized.”
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Jim Knupp

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