Frederiks

(Willmar MN-) A Benson man told Willmar Police that the bomb they found in his vehicle was just a sparkler. 31-year-old Randy Frederiks was arraigned in Kandiyohi County District Court Thursday on several charges and is being held on $20,000 bail. Frederiks was found in a pickup truck at the side of North 1st Street, just north of the Willmar City limits on Monday afternoon, and told police he had run out of gas. As police checked the status of his license, Frederiks jumped out of the truck and ran through a cornfield toward Eagle Creek Golf Course and got away. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Holien says while taking inventory of the truck, deputies found an object that appeared to be a bomb...

...Holien says The Minneapolis Bomb Squad was notified, and they came and determined it contained explosive components, and they rendered it safe at the time...

...The object was about 7 inches tall and 4 inches wide, was covered with black electrical tape and had a detonating fuse. Inside it had 178 grams of black powder and b-bs or shotgun shot inside an energy drink can. On Wednesday morning, Frederiks was arrested inside a car parked near a Willmar restaurant and admitted he was the one who had been in the pickup. He told officers the bomb was a home made sparkler and thought it was legal. Police also found hypodermic needles in the pickup and the second car he was found in, as well as 1.2 grams of methamphetamine.

Frederiks has been charged with Possessing an explosive incendiary device while having been previously convicted of a violent crime, Possessing an Explosive Incendiary Device with Controlled Substances, Fifth Degree Drug Possession, all three felonies, as well as Fleeing Police and Possessing hypodermic needles, both misdemeanors. Those charges are in connection with the pickup incident. He faces additional charges of Felony Drug Possession and Possession of Hypodermic Needles for the incident outside the Willmar Restaurant. In court Thursday Frederiks was given a court appointed attorney, and his next court appearance, a pre-trial hearing, was set for September 26th.