A Liberty Township
resident was arrested Saturday on a charge of possession of a destructive
device, after a pipe bomb was found in her vehicle in Center Township, the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
Franzen, 32, of 658 N. Calumet Ave., was arrested on that charge.
The PCSP said that
the pipe bomb is not believed to be related to the explosion last week of a
pipe bomb at the East Chicago post office.
police, at 11:50 a.m. an officer was dispatched to the area of Woodruft
Drive and Division Road after a citizen reported a possible traffic
accident. On his arrival, Officer Robert Gosbin observed a 2011 Hyundai
passenger vehicle parked on the roadway with rear-end damage, in the
driver’s seat of which he found Franzen asleep, police said.
that the damage to the vehicle was not fresh as well as that Franzen’s
driver’s license was suspended, police said. He then obtained consent from
Franzen to search the vehicle, where he found a box on the passenger’s side
floor containing a pipe bomb with a fuse attached, police said.
A PCSP Bomb Squad
technician, Officer Derek Cadwell, responded to the scene, confirmed that
the device was a pipe bomb, and requested that the Bomb Squad be paged out
to render the device safe.
“Residents in the
immediate area were evacuated and the remaining residents were advised to
stay inside their residences until the device could be rendered safe and the
area cleared,” police said. “The roadway was also shut down for a short
period of time.”
The device was made
safe at approximately 1:50 p.m.
Franzen, for her
part, advised that the device--which she said belonged to a previous
boyfriend--had been in her vehicle for the last two weeks and that she’d
been planning “to take it to a friend to make it safe,” police said.
advised that, after dropping a friend off at work, she’d “been driving
around trying to clear her head, as she had a headache,” police said. “She
subsequently parked on Woodruft Drive at Division Road and fell asleep.”
Bomb Squad technicians who interviewed Franzen determined that there was no
further threat to the public and although this was a pipe bomb as well, this
incident is not related to the recent East Chicago pipe bomb explosion,”
“We thank the
individual who observed the suspicious vehicle for calling and making
authorities aware so we could check it out,” Sheriff Dave Reynolds said. “We
encourage everyone to call your local police when you observe suspicious
Possession of a
destructive device is a Level 5 felony punishable by a term of one to six