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Suspect arrested in Jackson Street ‘explosive material’ incident

Published: Feb. 28, 2021 at 1:39 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2021 at 11:38 AM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - UPDATE: Bond has been set for the Alexandria man arrested over the weekend outside a Jackson Street gas station, accused of having explosive materials.

Chris Osteen, 38, has a total bond set at $21,500. That’s a $20,000 bond for the charge of manufacturing and possession of a delayed incendiary device. And $500 each for trespassing, disturbing the peace and simple assault.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Alexandria police have made an arrest in the explosive material incident that took place around 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning at the Circle K gas station on Jackson St.

Chris Osteen, 38, of Alexandria, was charged with simple assault, disturbing the peace, remaining on premises after being forbidden and manufacturing or possession of a delayed incendiary device.

Officers initially responded to a disturbance and then during Osteen’s arrest, suspicious materials were found inside his vehicle. APD said that multiple law enforcement agencies were involved including Detectives and Crime Scene Unit, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Hazmat/Bomb Unit, Louisiana State Police and the F.B.I.

Roy Mashni owns Super Al’s gas station which is across the street from Circle K and said it was concerning to see everything that was going on.

“It was kind of frightening at the beginning. We didn’t know what it was until the law enforcement came and that’s when we found out that it was some kind of chemicals in an SUV that they had to get out of there,” said Mashni.

Law enforcement closed down portions of Jackson St. on Sunday during the incident for almost three hours and some businesses had to temporarily close down while the investigation was going on.

“The whole area was under lockdown. they roped off and asked the smoke shop to close. It was shocking to see all this about 100 yards away from you,” said Mashni. “At the same time, it was scary because we didn’t know what was going on.”

A $500 bond has been set for each of the following charges: trespassing, disturbing the peace, and simple assault. According to jail records, a bond has not yet been set for the charge related to the explosive material.

Osteen remains in custody. According to the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, Osteen has other pending charges against him from 2019 and earlier this year, when he was billed for drug possession charges

If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the detective division at 318-449-5099.

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