UPDATE: A 46-year-old Davenport suspect faces felony charges in connection with a pipe bomb after an incident in Davenport on Wednesday.
Shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, Davenport Police and Davenport Fire Arson Investigators responded to the 1700 block of Spring Street about a pipe bomb that had been detonated inside of a boat, according to a news release from Davenport Police and court records.
Through a joint investigation with the QC Bomb Squad, Iowa DCI, FBI, and ATF, Jon Kucharo was located and taken into custody in the 1600 block of West 12th Street, Davenport Police say in a news release. Kucharo faces charges of second-degree arson and four counts of possession of an incendiary device.
Arrest affidavits say Kucharo committed second-degree arson “by placing an incendiary device inside a pontoon boat” in front of the 1700 block of Spring Street, Davenport. “This device was intentionally ignited by a fuse causing greater than $750 damage,” affidavits say.
During a search warrant of Kucharo’s 1997 Ford Econoline van, officers found containers of black powder and fuse material, affidavits say. Kucharo’s cell phone showed multiple videos of four pipe bombs in the front seat similar to the device found inside the boat, affidavits say.
Kucharo remains in Scott County Jail on a total $102,000 bond, and is set for a preliminary hearing July 1 in Scott County Court.
The incident remains under investigation.
Kucharo also faces other charges from a previous incident.
EARLIER: There is a heavy police presence in the 1600 block of West 12th Street in Davenport.
A number of officers, along with FBI agents, firefighters, the bomb squad and two armored vehicles are on the scene.
At this point, we do not know what is going on, but we will keep you updated as more details come into the newsroom.