March 12, 2019
Writer/Contact: Pat Matlock, Chief Criminal Deputy
Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
(360) 875-9398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean Park Man Arrested For Criminal Attempt to Manufacture an Explosive Device
Ocean Park, WA. – On March 9th at about 5:27 PM, a female caller reported to the Pacific County Communications Center that her ex-boyfriend had sent her electronic images of what appeared to be an explosive device that he had manufactured. Deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office were advised of the matter and made contact with the female caller. She provided deputies with the images that were sent to her of the suspected explosive device.
Deputies viewed the images and they appeared to contain the various stages of the explosive device being constructed. The images showed what appeared to be the contents or materials used to pack into the device. Deputies noticed what appeared to be packets of gun powder, copper and lead bullets and pellets from a shotgun shell within the device. One of the images depicted the device being held in a hand which the female identified as belonging to her ex-boyfriend due to the jacket sleeve in the photo.
The caller advised that she didn’t know why her ex-boyfriend had sent her the pictures, and that he had made no threats to use the device. She did state that her ex-boyfriend, whom she identified as Justice Webb, had been experiencing some depression and that he could be volatile. The images of the device were sent electronically to a member of the Washington State Patrol Explosives Unit which identified the device as appearing to be a viable explosive. The Sheriff’s Office requested that the WSP Explosives Unit respond to the residence to assist with the investigation and safe removal of the device if located.
Deputies contacted and attempted to contact residents in the general area of the suspect residence to advise them of the situation in the event of an explosion.
Deputies were able to detain Justice V. Webb, age 24, of Ocean Park regarding the incident. A search warrant for his residence, located in the 26200 block of Sandridge road, was prepared and granted. Deputies served the warrant upon the residence and discovered some of the same material used to construct the device that had been viewed in the images along with tools used. The device depicted in the images was not initially located.
Webb was questioned about the incident further and he led deputies to a freshly dug spot in his back yard. He explained to deputies that he had buried the device. The WSP Explosives Unit excavated the device from the ground and safely analyzed it. The device did contain gun powder, pellets and bullets but however didn’t have a detonator. Webb stated that his intent was to create a device that would later detonate. He advised that he had buried the device because he had received a message from his ex-girlfriend that she had called the Sheriff’s Office on him. Webb was booked into the Pacific County Jail and currently has a bail of $ 20,000.00.