Housekeeper Finds Bomb In Teen Bedroom: Is Arizona Student Joshua Prater A Terrorist?

By Staff Reporter on May 8, 2013 10:09 PM EDT

Joshua Prater
A housekeeper finds a bomb inside Joshua Prater's bedroom. The straight-A high school senior was arrested on Tuesday (Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff's)

A housekeeper finds a bomb inside the bedroom of 18-year-old Joshua Prater of Tempe, Arizona.

A cleaning lady was scheduled to tend the Prater family house on Tuesday. Entering into the Marcos De Niza High School senior's bedroom, the woman found a highly suspicious device that looked like a bomb. The woman reportedly brought the device to the Tempe (Arizona) Fire Department, which called the city's bomb squad to examine it. The device turned out to be an active improvised explosive device (IED), azfamily.com reports.

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"They had it X-rayed, they saw it was a valid IED," Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley told MyFoxPhoenix.com. "It was something that wasn't big, but could cause serious injuries and the death of someone."

Joshua Prater was arrested soon after the device was found. Prater's mother and father were also interviewed by authorities. The parents are cleared of any involvement to the IED device.

"There was fuse that was coming out from the device which  would be how you light it and it would cause the fuse to go in there  and explode," Pooley also confirmed. "The bomb was ready to go. It was active. All it needed was the trigger."

The explosive was promptly dismantled by the bomb squad and a search was conducted inside the Prater home. Police discovered more suspicious materials that could be used to create more explosive devices.

According to individuals familiar with Joshua Prater, the high school senior is a straight-A student that intended to study at the University of Arizona. According to police reports, Prater admitted to building the device eight years ago but, oddly, did not know it was filled with explosive powder.

Despite the possession of IEDs, there is no indication that Joshua Prater has planned an attack. Tempe police were unable to find any threats to Prater's school. 

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