Man arrested in explosions that have rattled community

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Police in Washington Township in Northampton County say the FBI and local police took 44-year-old Jason Muzzicato into custody Friday morning. They say he faces federal charges. Authorities searched Muzzicato's home and his business, Bangor Motor Works, and say they found evidence at both locations tying him to the explosions. They did not provide specifics. Miller says the motive is unclear.


APNewsBreak: Man arrested in California blast that killed ex

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LOS ANGELES – A California man was arrested Sunday in connection with an explosion that killed his ex-girlfriend at her day spa last year, the FBI said. Stephen Beal, who was released last year after his arrest on an explosives charge, was arrested Sunday in connection with the May 15 bombing that killed Ildiko Krajnyak in her Orange County spa, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. She declined to detail the charges against Beal but said they were in connection with the blast and that the FBI was searching his Long Beach home. Following the explosion last year, Beal was arrested on suspicion of having explosives but prosecutors dropped the charge soon after, saying they had questions about whether material found in Beal's house met the legal definition of a "destructive device." At the time, investigators said they found two improvised explosive devices, three firearms and more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of explosive material during a search that Beal allowed of his house.


FBI: Meticulous work links deadly bomb to California suspect

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FILE - This May 16, 2018 file photo shows the home occupied by Stephen Beal in Los Beach, Calif. Beal, who was released in 2018 after his arrest on an explosives charge, was arrested Sunday, March 3, 2019, in connection with the May 15 bombing that killed Ildiko Krajnyak in her Orange County spa, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Stephen Beal, 59, had been arrested shortly after the bombing last year for investigation of possessing explosives, but was freed when prosecutors questioned whether material found at his home met the legal definition of a "destructive device." After further tests, Beal was arrested Sunday and charged with malicious destruction of a building that included a death, a charge that could carry a life sentence. Ildiko Krajnyak, 48, was killed and two female clients were severely wounded May 15 when she opened a box that erupted in a fiery explosion at the spa in the city of Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Los Angeles, investigators said.


FBI links bomb items to California suspect's home, car

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FILE - This May 16, 2018 file photo shows the home occupied by Stephen Beal in Los Beach, Calif. Beal, who was released in 2018 after his arrest on an explosives charge, was arrested Sunday, March 3, 2019, in connection with the May 15 bombing that killed Ildiko Krajnyak in her Orange County spa, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Stephen Beal, 59, was arrested on suspicion of malicious destruction of a building that included a death. The charge carries a possible life sentence. Ildiko Krajnyak, 48, was killed and two female clients were seriously injured on May 15 when she opened a box that erupted in a fiery explosion at the spa in the city of Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles (81 kilometers) south of Los Angeles, investigators said.


Man used 'weapon of mass destruction' in fatal blast at O.C. spa, grand jury says

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A Long Beach man is facing additional felony charges after a federal grand jury returned an indictment against him in connection with the bombing of an Orange County day spa that killed his ex-girlfriend last year. Stephen Beal, 59, had been charged with malicious destruction of a building resulting in death when he was arrested earlier this month in connection with the bombing of the Magyar Kozmetika spa in Aliso Viejo in May. Beal was also charged Wednesday with use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, use of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence and possession of an unregistered destructive device, all felonies, according to federal court records. Krajnyak and Beal had opened the spa together during their relationship and decided to remain business partners even after their romance ended. Beal was paying monthly rent on the property where the spa operated at the time of the bombing, records show.