Crime

Search on for Puyallup felon who allegedly left pipe bomb on deck

Puyallup police were searching Thursday for a felon who left a pipe bomb on his deck Wednesday, leading to an overnight standoff before a SWAT team discovered the man was not in the home.

Officers went to the home in the 2000 block of Eighth Street Court Southwest about 2:15 p.m. to serve an outstanding state Department of Corrections warrant for Anthony Lopez for escape from community custody.

When they arrived, they found what appeared to be a pipe bomb on the deck.

A bomb squad was called to the home and negotiators began trying to reach the 25-year-old Lopez, who was believed inside the home with a woman and 3-year-old child.

Lopez’s relationship with the woman and child are unclear.

Investigators had intermittent communication on a cellphone with Lopez, police said.

Neighbors were moved and Ninth Street Southwest was closed between 17th Avenue Southwest and 23rd Avenue Southwest.

Just before 3 a.m., police sent in robots to see inside the home. A SWAT team then entered the house and found no one there.

“He was not located in the residence,” police Capt. Scott Engle said.

Bomb experts disabled the pipe bomb.

Police do not know whether Lopez was inside the home when officers arrived. He remained on the run Thursday. The woman and child had not been found either.

Lopez was convicted of first-degree robbery in 2011 for stealing an iPad from a man who posted it for sale online.

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