Riverside Police Department
Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Date December 18, 2001
Contact Sergeant Dean Phaneuf
Phone (909) 320-8123
Fax (909) 320-8138

 

Bomb Investigation Leads to Arrests

Riverside, Ca- Riverside Police detectives are continuing their investigation of a bomb incident that led to a fire late Sunday night. On Monday evening, a probation search was conducted, leading to the arrest of two Banning men on explosives and weapons charges.

Members of the RPD Special Investigations Bureau followed leads to the city of Banning, where they contacted a resident who was on probation for grand theft out of San Bernardino County. A search of the manís home netted a handgun, an improvised explosive device, and drug paraphernalia. Four young children were found to be living in the home, with access to the items. Jeffrey Charles Oyler, 19, and Marco Anthony Gastellum, 20, were booked into the Riverside County Jail for possession of a destructive device and felony child endangering. Oyler was additionally charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. No charges have been brought regarding Sundayís Wilshire Street incident. Evidence is being analyzed, and the investigation is on-going.