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Suspect in Fountain pipe bombs identified

Jodi Coker, 24, facing charge of possessing dangerous weapon

Suspect in Fountain Pipe Bombs Identified

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Authorities have yet to name a suspect or motive regarding the pipe bombs found in a Fountain home Thursday night, but neighbors say the man involved is a Fort Carson soldier.

Court records indicate that an El Paso County judge issued an arrest warrant Thursday evening for Jodi Coker, 24, on a felony charge of dangerous possession of a weapon.

Fort Carson has declined comment on the case, referring questions to the Army's Criminal Investigation Division in Washington, D.C.  A spokesman there did not respond to KRDO NewsChannel 13's request for information Friday.

It's unclear whether Coker is in custody.  He wasn't registered at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on Friday.

Property records show that Coker owns the home on Turf Trail Place where the pipe bombs were found, although one neighbor said Coker rented the home.  Another neighbor said military authorities escorted Coker to the home Friday.

"Apparently they packed him up," said James Powers, a neighbor.  "They put a lot of his duffel bags and his uniform on the back of a pickup, and I guess he went with them."

Powers' wife, Eleanor, said she's not scared of the bombs but is curious about them.

"I don't know what he was doing," she said.  "What was the purpose?  I don't know if it was protection from being robbed because we have had some robberies around here."

Late Friday, a report named Coker and another Fort Carson soldier as suspects in the sale of stolen military equipment.

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