Thursday, February 23, 2006

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S.D. grand jury indicts Earth Liberation Front leader

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in San Diego charges a recognized national leader of the Earth Liberation Front with teaching others how to make a bomb with the intent that it be used to commit arson.

Rodney Adam Coronado, who was arrested today in Arizona, is charged with teaching and demonstrating the making of a destructive device before dozens of people in Hillcrest on Aug. 1, 2003.

Coronado is not charged with setting a fire 15 hours earlier that caused $50 million in damages and destroyed a large apartment complex under construction in the University Towne Center area of San Diego, prosecutors said.

"America will not tolerate terrorists," said Daniel R. Dzwilewski, special agent in charge of the San Diego division of the FBI. "Whether you were born here or abroad, we will not stand back and allow you to terrorize our communities under the guise of free speech."

Coronado, 39, is scheduled to be arraigned in Tucson on Thursday and could be brought to San Diego within the next couple of weeks, said Shane Harrigan, chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego.

He faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if convicted, according to Harrigan, who said a federal grand jury in San Diego returned the one-count indictment last week.


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