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According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a man was arrested for allegedly placing an explosive device near a residence in Rancho Cucamonga.

The incident occurred on June 3 at 4:36 p.m. when Rancho Cucamonga Police officers were called to the 9300 block of Lomita Drive because an explosive device had been found near the road. Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution.

The explosive device was defused and removed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s bomb and arson personnel. Residents of the evacuated area were allowed to return to their homes around 10:20 p.m.

During his investigation, Detective Derek Brandt identified the suspect as Brian Carreon, a 52-year-old Devore resident and convicted felon.

On June 7, Carreon was arrested on charges of public possession of explosives.

A search warrant for Carreon’s home turned up chemicals and materials suitable for making explosives, the sheriff’s department said. Chemicals used to make methamphetamine, a stolen firearm and ammunition were also allegedly found. Additional felony charges have been proposed to prosecutors.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Rancho Cucamonga Police at (909) 477-2800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous should contact the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or visit www.wetip.com.

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