VIDEO: Attempted Colorado police station bombing suspect has Bay Area connection


MARIN COUNTY (KRON) — KRON4 is learning more about the Bay Area connection to an attempted bombing at a Colorado police station.

KRON4’s Maureen Kelly got her hands on the criminal complaint on Tuesday. Last Tuesday morning, bomb squad technicians worked to dismantle a backpack bomb.

A robot was brought in to decommission the explosive device which was found by a police officer showing up for work in Nederland, Colorado.

According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, the officer picked the bag up and carried it inside the station house before seeing the cellphone attached by wires to a battery, along with suspicious powder.

According to the complaint, the cellphone had been called multiple times in an attempt to set the bomb off.

Investigators were able to track the number to a grocery store where they saw surveillance video of the phone being purchased by the suspect, who is described as a 3.5-foot man, with a ponytail, using crutches.

The chief of police remembered seeing a man matching the description who was seen evacuating the motel across the street from the police department. A motel employee, who didn’t want to appear on camera, remembered the suspect.

According to the FBI, the suspect left his ID at the motel showing him to be 64-year-old David Michael Ansberry. He was arrested this weekend getting off a plane in Chicago.

The cellphone he left at that same motel was traced back to a home to the quiet upper Lucas Valley neighborhood in San Rafael, but a resident there says Ansberry has never lived there.

KRON4 has reached out to the San Francisco FBI to see if they are helping out with the investigation.

So far, KRON4 has had no official comment but a source tells KRON4 that Ansberry was living in Berkeley up until about a year ago before moving to Colorado.

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