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DENVER (CBS4)– A man charged in connection with blowing up a Postal Service mailbox in Arvada is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday.

According to the arrest affidavit, John Henry Bowman, 45, admitted to blowing up a mailbox located in a parking lot on the 9500 block of Ralston Road with a pipe bomb filled with gun powder.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Arvada police said just before 2:30 a.m. on April 21 several people called about a suspicious noise. Police responded but were unable to determine what the calls were about because they came from several different areas.

John Henry Bowman (credit: Arvada Police Department)

John Henry Bowman (credit: Arvada Police Department)

At 7 a.m. another person called police and alerted them to the exploded mailbox, which was in front of a building that formerly housed a Safeway grocery store.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Inspectors with the U.S. Postal Service and the ATF joined Arvada police in the investigation and were able to track down Bowman after reviewing police records of suspicious vehicles from the night of the explosion. They found an officer ran the plate on Bowman’s car, which was in the area around the time of the explosion.

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(credit: CBS)

Bowman told authorities he did it to impress his girlfriend.


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