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FBI: Explosives suspect found after 3-day manhunt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A search of the San Francisco apartment of a social media expert turned up ball bearings, screws and components needed to make a homemade bomb, the FBI said in an affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

"FBI bomb technicians believe that the device was designed to maim or kill a human being or human beings," FBI Special Agent Michael Eldridge said in the document.

A circuit board described in the document was designed to serve as a remote control, allowing detonation of the device from afar, Eldridge said.

Investigators said they found the materials inside a bag at Ryan Kelly Chamberlain's apartment during a search over the weekend. The discovery prompted a nationwide manhunt for the 42-year-old Chamberlain.

The FBI has not said what, if any, specific plans Chamberlain might have had for the device, or how they were alerted to the material.

Chamberlain appeared in federal court after being charged with one count of possession of an illegal destructive device. He was accompanied by a public defender but did not enter a plea. He wore the same shorts and shirt that he had on when he was arrested Monday near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Though Chamberlain was considered armed and dangerous, FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Monday during the manhunt that he did not seem to pose an immediate threat to public safety.

"Anyone who has the means, methods and access to make a bomb should be considered armed and dangerous," Lee said before the arrest.

Police Chief Greg Suhr described Chamberlain as someone who was in crisis and getting "more desperate by the moment." He was arrested by officers who responded to a report of a person matching Chamberlain's description.

Chamberlain spotted the officers and tried to flee but was taken into custody after a brief chase and struggle, police said.

Morgan Manos, who saw the arrest and captured it on video, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Chamberlain looked surprised and frantic.

He was wearing shorts, a sweatshirt and a beanie hat, Manos said, adding: "They took him down hard."

Multiple agencies, including hazardous materials crews, searched Chamberlain's apartment on Saturday in the Russian Hill neighborhood, blocking off the street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for much of the day.

Alex Clemens, a partner of the San Francisco-based Barbary Coast Consulting, said Chamberlain is well known in the city's political circles and had been a fixture on the campaign trails for more than a decade. His work in the field ended several years ago.

Clemens, who briefly hired Chamberlain for a project in 2009, said people who know Chamberlain are stunned.

"I believe there's been a failure in his support system. I'm sad for that," Clemens said. "I hope he will reach out to those who will help him."

Chamberlain also worked as an independent contractor for the San Francisco Chronicle during the 2012 NFL season, doing social media to boost coverage for the San Francisco 49ers Insider iPad app, the newspaper said.

In 2011, Chamberlain taught a "Grass Roots Mobilization" course to graduate students in the public affairs program, said Anne-Marie Devine, a spokeswoman for the University of San Francisco. Chamberlain taught for one semester and wasn't invited to teach another course, she said.

She said she didn't know why he was let go because hundreds of adjunct professors come and go at the university.


Associated Press writers Garance Burke and Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco contributed to this report.

FBI Captures SF Man Wanted For Explosives Threat

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howdy Doo June 03 2014 at 12:07 AM

framed I say...The most dangerous ones in charge of chemtrals...nano technology...polluting our oceans...our air...our land and systematically destroying all ric and compassion what is right are NEVER held accountable....those who try to "buck" the system...to expose it's dirty deeds (like Snowden) are labeled the terrorists hah...more like the REAL HEROS!.THIS WORLD IS SO DISTORTED! EVERYTHING IS UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKWARDS....UNIVERSITIES DESTROY TRUE KNOWLEDGE...RELIGIONS DESTROY TRUE SPIRITUALITY...LAWYERS DESTROY TRUE JUSTICE...THE AMA CONTROLLED BY ROCKAFELLER DESTROYS TRUE HEALTH. THE MANIPULATED MEDIA DESTROYS TRUTH PERIOD....WHEN WILL THE WORLD HAVE ENOUGH OF THE LIES?? WHEN WILL IT WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE?

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brthrmonk June 03 2014 at 12:17 AM

"Anyone who has the means, methods and access to make a bomb should be considered armed and dangerous," Lee said before the arrest. That pretty well covers anyone that uses black powder for shooting or anyone that reloads their own ammunition.

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lindy June 03 2014 at 1:00 AM

So does this mean He could be charged with Rape ?
Even though He didn't do it.....
He does have the means, methods and access.

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furchaserdave June 03 2014 at 12:15 AM

so this guy actually did nothing wrong?

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rickcarufel June 03 2014 at 2:20 AM

Another witch hunt and false flag event. What's different this time is they have lunched this guy in the media and they are getting so arrogant they didn't even bother to claim he even committed a crime. The thought police just decided they didn't like his attitude and attacked him with a media circus and manhunt. Again what has he done?

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Apple rickcarufel June 03 2014 at 2:10 PM

They did not tell us it is not in the story so hard to comprehend because there is more to this than what is written?

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world news only rickcarufel June 03 2014 at 2:56 PM

They, they, they, they Gzzzz! Schizo!!!!!! This story told us nothing; seems someone, maybe close to him, reported him as a danger; they checked out his work place etc, but someone thinks he has gone off the deep end undoubtly. Too bad someone on this level did not get involved sooner with the killer who went oon a rampage and killed all those people last week; his family reported
he was in deep psychological trouble and talking crazy and they did not act reemptively; looks like they are trying to do just that perhaps in this situation. No real info here, so why all the crap and stupid remarks about nothing.

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lks1959 June 03 2014 at 12:27 AM

Ummm... this article gives some interesting details but fails to address any of the basics - what, where, when, why - except for a little bit of "who". Why was this not-quite- reasonable- social- media- guy the subject of a manhunt in the first place? Why was he suspected of having explosives? Had he made a threat or something? It's customary to say "so and so was captured," and then add at least a sentence explaining what happened.

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iplayeasy2 June 03 2014 at 1:35 AM

Times have certainly changed in the last fifty years. In the 1970's I purchased dynamite (several sticks) from a company called Wycoff's and only had to tell them what I was going to use it for. I used it to blow a huge rock out of a hole we were digging for an outhouse on some camping property we owned. We also used it to blow up some obnoxious tree stumps to clear the ground for use. My boss also purchased dynamite from the same company to help blast holes that we were unable to dig while putting in guardrail along highways in the Southwest, and he used to carry several sticks inside his tool boxes on the sides of his truck. No one thought anything much of it, except to be cautious when handling it. I wonder what type of explosive devises he had and what they believe his intent was? This story doesn't explain anything except that he had explosive devices.

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Scoot June 03 2014 at 12:58 AM

so what did they guy do again ?

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world news only Scoot June 03 2014 at 3:15 PM

Scoot, does a person have to shoot 12 people these days before the law can start investigating? I rue the day that happens. I applaud the law enforcement for doing their job and ascertaining just what exactly is going on; the warrant to investigate and search, will be opened when the investigation is over. THAT IS THE LEGAL WAY IT IS DONE, EVERY DAY, AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN.

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fivemillion June 03 2014 at 2:17 AM

he worked for the Democrat party so that tells me he went against the party in some fashion and they framed him up.

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Elizabeth fivemillion June 03 2014 at 4:41 AM

He also worked for the Republican party, per the initial report.

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world news only fivemillion June 03 2014 at 3:16 PM

You are a nit wit or just joking; I hope you were joking.

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jay love June 03 2014 at 1:27 AM

another leftwing, Progressive, LIBERAL Whack-Job nutcase bites the dust!! sounds to me like he was caught in the planning stages of doing something really bad for the cause?? lets hope they catch any other possible kooks associated with this moron?

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