Sam's Club Bomber Now Linked To Rancho Cucamonga Burglary

Photo Courtesy of The Mercury News

Photo Courtesy of The Mercury News

The terrorist attack that took place in Ontario, California on April 5th where a man by the name of Hugo Gonzalez detonated 2 small bombs in the aisles of Sam’s Club is now a person of interest in a robbery that took place in Rancho Cucamonga, California a week prior.

Terrorist Hugo Gonzalez, is also being linked to a robbery in North Rancho Cucamonga that took place two days before his attack at Sam’s Club, where he forced his way into an elderly woman’s home impersonating a Dominoes’ Pizza delivery driver, tied her hands with zip ties and rummaged her house on the 6300 block of Malachite Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga before being caught on a neighbor’s security camera driving away in a 2-door silver Honda Civic.

Witnesses saw Gonzalez fleeing the scene of the Sam’s Club bombing in Ontario in the same 2-door silver Honda Civic where he pulled over and was captured after. Within the vehicle, more bomb-making materials were found and officials later searched Gonzalez’s apartment in Fontana off the 16500 block of Arrow Ave. Gonzalez is said to have worked alone.

The blast from the two explosives detonated at the Sam’s Club in Ontario did not injure anyone, but did start a fire that employees worked hard to put out. Surveillance cameras show the aisles lighting up and customers fleeing as the blast filled aisles with smoke. Sam’s Club employees evacuated the store and no one was hurt nor did the building suffer structural damage.

According to Ontario Police Sgt. Bill Russell, law enforcement arrested Gonzalez shortly after a quick pursuit through Ontario.  Gonzalez is being faced with charges of three counts of premeditated attempted murder, one count of attempted arson, one count of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety, according to a felony complaint by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

The terrorist had no previous records that would put him on a terrorist watch list and what his motives were are still unclear. Gonzalez is set on a $1.5 million dollar bail and is being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

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