FBI arrests man accused of planting pipe bomb

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police shut down a block in Chinatown as FBI agents arrested Patrick C. Lopes and searched his room in a Pauahi Street boarding house.

It's suspected he planted a pipe bomb.

"When we came out of the building we saw the yellow caution sign and we said, 'Wow! I guess it is a bomb threat,'" resident Hester Jackson said.

But the bomb threat wasn't in that building or on that block. It happened six miles away and two months ago at a Kaimuki boarding house on 7th Avenue. Lopes lived there from June, 1994, to August, 2011, when he was evicted.

"The allegation is that he left this Improvised Explosive Device at this Kaimuki home as the result of a personal grudge that he held against one of the residents," FBI Special Agent Tom Simon said.

Stan Kim found the pipe bomb sitting on a gas line. He never suspected Lopes.

"He was the best friend," he said. "We used to go hiking. People change. That's all I can say."

The FBI linked Lopes to the IED through markings that matched pipe sold at the Home Depot on Alakawa Street. Surveillance video recorded him buying pipe in January. The bureau said he acted alone.

"Although it was investigated by the FBI's Honolulu Joint Terrorism Task Force, there's no indication that the defendant has any ties to terror groups," Simon said.

A Criminal Complaint charges Lopes with possessing an unregistered firearm and carrying an explosive device. The affidavit said he suspected a neighbor in the Kaimuki house of stealing from him and spying on him, so he carried his cash and a bar of gold in a backpack. Neighbors in the Chinatown building said Lopes lived behind multiple door locks and alarms.

"Every day, he's saying that somebody is trying to break into his room," Jackson said.

If convicted Lopes could face up to twenty years in federal prison.

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