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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

North Las Vegas Man Indicted For Unlawful Possession Of Pipe Bomb

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A previously convicted felon was charged today for possession of a 12-inch pipe bomb that was found in a North Las Vegas house, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.

Christopher Michael Robinson, 46, of North Las Vegas, is charged with one-count of unlawful possession of a destructive device and one-count of felon in possession of a firearm. His initial appearance in court is scheduled for March 1, 2018, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe.

According to the indictment and criminal complaint, on January 11, 2018, North Las Vegas Police Department officers requested assistance from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, and the FBI related to a pipe bomb in a house. The house’s resident indicated that he had evicted Robinson for nonpayment of rent and that Robinson had in turn threatened to “blow up the house.” Bomb technicians used a robot to remove a 12-inch pipe bomb from the house. After inspection, it was determined that the pipe contained match heads, a pyrotechnic powder, and BB pellets (for fragmentation). During an interview with law enforcement, Robinson admitted to constructing the pipe bomb and stated that he was currently on parole in Hawaii for previously manufacturing a pipe bomb.

In addition to the current possession of a destructive device charge, Robinson is charged with being a former felon in possession of a destructive device after multiple prior felony convictions in Clark County, Nevada, and Hawaii.

If convicted, Robinson will face the statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine per each count.

The case is a joint investigation by the FBI, the North Las Vegas Police Department, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip N. Smith Jr. is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide program by the Department of Justice that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN. For more information about PSN, visit


Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated February 21, 2018