Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Los Angeles Field Division
At The Frontline Against Violent Crime
For Immediate Release
October 7, 2009
Contact: Michael Hoffman, Special Agent – PIO
Office: (818) 265-2507
Cell: (213) 925-4547
ATF And Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Arrest Man For Possession Of Explosive Device And Bomb Making Material
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Los Angeles Field Division, and Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff announced the arrest of an Anza, California resident for possession of an explosive device, possession of bomb making material, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition.
An investigation conducted by ATF and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department revealed that firearms and explosives were being sold by Arnold Natalie, 62, out of his residence located in Anza. A state search was obtained for the residence located in the 59000 block of Burnt Valley Road, a remote mountainous area east of Hemet. ATF special agents, deputies from the Riverside County Hazardous Device Team and deputies from the Hemet Station searched the property and located a semi-automatic handgun, a rifle, ammunition, and other items that are indicative of bomb making.
“The items that Mr. Natalie possessed posed a clear and immediate danger to the residents of this area and if not recovered could have caused severe destruction and loss of life,” said Torres. “I am pleased with the swift work of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and ATF in acting on developed information and seizing these dangerous items.”
Natalie was arrested and booked into the Riverside County jail. His arraignment is scheduled for October 8, 2009. The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact ATF at (951) 320-7560 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 791-3449. Callers can remain anonymous.
More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.