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Suspects charged in Homemade Explosive Case

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – Montgomery County charges two suspects for the creation of a homemade chemical bomb.

The Independence Police Department arrested 29-year-old Kendra Musgrove of Independence after the IPD received a report she possessed a homemade bomb.

Police then arrested Josh Wallace, 30-years-old from Independence on February 5th. Both arrests stem from previous domestic incidents.

A county judge charged the two suspects with the following:

  • Kendra Musgrove
    • Criminal use of explosives; Poss commercial explosives to commit a crime
    • Attempted criminal damage to property; Without consent value $1000 to $25,000
    • Aggravated assault; With intent to commit any felony
    • Attempted arson; Intentional to non-dwelling of another without consent
    • $50,000 bond
  • Josh Wallace
    • Criminal use of explosives; Poss commercial explosives to commit a crime
    • Attempted criminal damage to property; Without consent value $1000 to $25,000
    • Aggravated assault; With intent to commit any felony
    • Attempted arson; Intentional to non-dwelling of another without consent
    • Held without bond

According to detectives, one of the victims of assault was Musgrove’s ex-husband.

Jan. 31st crime

Shortly before 12:30 pm on Jan. 31st, Independence Police officers responded to a reported chemical bomb explosion. It happened on the 1000 block of West Oak. Police say there were no injuries.

Witnesses recognized the vehicle and identified the passenger and driver. According to the police department, witnesses say as the vehicle drove past, they threw a bottle out and the bottle exploded.

According to the Police Department, bombs like this include mixed typical household chemicals. They are unpredictable and may not explode immediately, creating a danger to unwary bystanders.  “Building, possessing, or transporting these bottle bombs is a serious crime and anyone near a bottle bomb could be injured,”  Chief Harrison said. In a release, the Department stated, “Victims of similar incidents around the country have suffered amputations and facial injury as well as severe chemical burns.  Police warn citizens to stay away from suspected bottle bombs and to call police immediately.”

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