SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — A man being investigated in connection to a explosive device found at a high school was arrested early Friday morning following an hours-long standoff at a home which began Thursday night in South San Jose.
Andrew White, a resident of Tyhurst Court which is just a block from campus, was taken into custody after a search of his home turned up what police called several improvised explosive devices.
Police tried to serve a search warrant on White’s home last night, which triggered an all night stand-off at his residence, and the evacuation of several nearby neighbors.
The arrest capped off a traumatic week for neighbors and high school students who have had to deal
with the planting of a bomb on school grounds, a lockdown and two shelter-in-place orders.
“It’s just stressful. There is a lot going on all at once,” said Janea Perry, a sophomore at Oak Grove High.
The bomb was found on the Oak Grove Campus on Tuesday morning.
By Thursday night, police were zeroing in on White’s home. It wasn’t until he surrendered several hours
later that police discovered the explosives.
“This guy was holding a bomb,” said Alejandro Simon, who spent the night with his family at an evacuation shelter.
“It’s scary. You don’t know what to expect. You don’t know if you are in danger or not,” Simon said.
Police said the device found at the school earlier this week was a functional bomb.
“I was just scared to leave my house,” said Brenda Reyes, who lives a block from White’s home.
Neighbors told KPIX 5 they could hear police activity all night, including the detonation of flash-bang devices used to get White to surrender.
Ms. Reyes said it was just a matter of luck that no one was killed.
“If you’re that crazy, why do you want to hurt innocent people? Especially children, you know what I’m saying?” said Reyes.
Police continued to secure the scene Friday night and the investigation is ongoing.
But so far, the suspect in custody, has not been officially tied to the planting the bomb at the Oak Grove campus.
Police urged anyone with information or surveillance video on the Oak Grove incident to contact Detective Joel Martinez (408) 464-8379 or submit anonymously at (408) 947-7867. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect may qualify for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.