Bomb-making suspect faces new charges

kterhune@idahostatesman.comNovember 21, 2013 

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Joshua Finch

— Additional charges have been levied against a man prosecutors say was constructing pipe bombs in his Boise Bench home.

Joshua James Finch, 32, was arrested Nov. 6 after police received a report that he was stockpiling guns, ammunition, body armor and bomb-making materials in his house. He was initially charged only with two counts of felony kidnapping for allegedly holding his girlfriend’s parents captive in the home when they confronted him about the explosives.

That changed Thursday. Finch now faces seven felony counts in all, including two counts of possession of a firearm, two counts of felony injury to a child, and possession of bombs or destructive devices, prosecutor Fafa Alidjani said.

Alidjani said Finch, who is prohibited from owning a gun because of a 2006 aggravated assault conviction, had an AR-15 assault rifle and a semi-automatic Ruger P95.

The suspect also had components to make what appeared to be pipe bombs, she said. Alidjani declined to specify what exactly those components were.

Police say they found more than 100 pounds of the unspecified bomb-making materials in the crawlspace beneath the Dorian Street home where Finch lived with his girlfriend and two young children. Some of the explosive substances were found near the children's bedrooms.

Nearby homes were evacuated and streets were blocked off as bomb technicians and a hazardous materials team retrieved the substances from the house Nov. 6.

Finch has been held in the Ada County Jail on $1 million bond since his arrest. He sat quietly at his Thursday hearing, wearing a yellow-and-white jail jumpsuit.

Judge Cathleen MacGregor Irby noted the new charges and set a Nov 29 date for a review hearing. At that time, Finch can choose whether or not to waive his preliminary hearing. He has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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