APD, Feds finish on-scene Lenwood investigation


On Thursday, the Amarillo Police Department and federal agents completed the on-scene investigation of the residence located in the 3600 block of Lenwood. 

Residents of this block had already been allowed to return home, but were asked to shelter in place. Once the suspect’s residence and immediate area were cleared, the area was released by law enforcement.

Residents and traffic can return to normal.

"Thank you to the community for your patience while we worked to render the area safe, and then continued to collect evidence for several days. Thank you to also to the first responders, including AFD, AECC, AMR, AES, FBI, HSI, and our own APD officers who worked around the clock to secure the scene and also effectively process the scene for future prosecution.
 
"We know there are still so many questions about the investigation and what will happen from here. We pledge to keep the citizens of Amarillo informed as updates become available and we are able to share information while maintaining the integrity of the case investigation," the APD said in a statement.

Late Monday afternoon, the Amarillo Fire Department was called to a residence in the 3600 block of Lenwood Drive on an explosion. Fire personnel located what appeared to be explosive making material. 

At 4:31 PM, the Amarillo Police Department was called to the residence and the Bomb Team responded. Erfan Salmanzadeh, 32, was detained at the scene. 

Components used to make explosives were located in the alley, backyard, and residence. 

APD officers began evacuating residents in the 3600 block of Lenwood Drive and Lewis Lane. Bomb Team Technicians began securing evidence at the scene. 

Investigators have been working with agentss from the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations-Amarillo Field Office, who bring more resources to assist in this investigation. 

Salmanzadeh was arrested for Possession of Components of Explosives, Texas Penal Code 46.09, a 3rd Degree Felony. He was booked into the Randall County Jail. 

Technicians with the APD Bomb Team will continue to investigate the scene. Traffic in the immediate area of will be affected throughout the day today. 

Anyone with information that could help in this investigation is asked to call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400. Anonymous tips can also be made at www.amapolice.org or on the Amarillo Crime Stoppers P3 mobile app.

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