CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) – Two people were arrested after police found homemade bombs in a car at a Cedar Park Walmart parking lot.
Cedar Park police officers were responding to a call about a hit-and-run wreck at 7:30 p.m. Sunday when a woman made the call from the Walmart near U.S. Highway 183 and FM 1431.
In the meantime, Nicholas Domingo Salinas, 31, pulled up in a separate car to join her in the parking lot, police said. Salinas claimed to be friends with the woman, but police say their stories didn’t add up.
“He had come to the Walmart parking lot to assist a woman who had been involved in a hit-and-run in the parking lot,” said Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix. “However, security footage at the parking lot showed that no collision had in fact occurred.”
Salinas then agreed to let police search his vehicle. Officers said they found drugs, drug paraphernalia and two homemade pipe bombs.
“It doesn’t appear that he was out last night targeting a location to use it,” Mannix said. “It appears that those devices had been running around his car for some time. It’s very unusual.”
Cedar Park police called in the Austin Police Bomb Squad and shut down part of the Walmart store while they worked. Investigators say one of the bombs appeared to be complete.
Police searched Salinas’ home in Liberty Hill but found no bomb-making materials. The search did turn up several weapons though, police said. Salinas is charged with having narcotics and possession of an incendiary device.
The hit-and-run caller, 21-year-old Angelica Alarcon, was charged with making a false report.
This is the third incident outside this same Walmart in Cedar Park in less than two years. Four people were shot during an overnight fight in the parking lot in August 2012 Three months earlier, a bomb threat was called into the store but nothing was found.