Police ID Man Arrested in Brea on Suspicion of Possessing 2 Homemade Bombs

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The identity and booking photo of a man suspected of having two homemade bombs inside his vehicle in Brea were released by police on Thursday.

Saleh Ali, 47, was arrested on Tuesday after police officers pulled him over for having expired registration on the vehicle, officials said. He was arraigned on Thursday and his bail was set at $500,000, police said.

The traffic stop took place in an area of South Orange Avenue and Imperial Highway around 9 p.m. that night, according to police.

What appeared to be two homemade bombs were found inside the vehicle, a black Toyota Corolla, police said. After being seized, the devices were rendered safe by the the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s bomb squad, officials said.

Information about the bombs was relayed by police to investigators at the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center, which determined there does not appear to be any connection to terrorism, authorities said.

Ali, whose last known address was in Salinas, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a destructive device, according to police.

The finding was described as "very unusual" by Brea police Lt. Adam Hawley, particularly as it happened during a "completely random car stop."

"This might even be like a once-in-a-career type finding," Hawley said.

No other details were released by police.

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