Saturday, August 19, 2006

Twin Cities Bomber

A 31-year-old St. Paul man was arrested after a small homemade bomb exploded near the Wally McCarthy Cadillac/Hummer car dealership, authorities said. Police said Zachary Scott Schulte, 31, was charged Thursday with three counts, including possessing explosives and fleeing from police. He was held in the Ramsey County Jail with bail set at $30,000. Police alleged Schulte went to the dealership to test drive a Hummer SUV. But the dealership was closed and soon after, Schulte denoted a small explosive nearby that charred one square foot of grass and made a large divot. Police said the motivation was unclear but "there's nothing to indicate he was directly trying to blow up the dealership," said Capt. Rick Mathwig of the Roseville Police Department.
Zachary Scott Schulte
After the bomb exploded, Schulte got in his rental car and was chased by Roseville police but got away. Police said he returned to the dealership two hours later, dressed in a different shirt and topped with a new hairstyle. He again asked to test drive a Hummer. Police arrested him without incident. "A lot of things are strange about this case," Mathwig said. Police later found other explosives in his St. Paul apartment.