A convicted bank robber injured in an explosion last month on Harbor Boulevard in Fullerton pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges.
Tim Beck, 59, was charged May 31 with two counts each of possession of a destructive device and reckless or malicious possession of a destructive device or explosive in a public place. His next court date is a June 18 pretrial hearing at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.
Beck, who is being held on $500,000 bail, was convicted of bank robbery in of Tacoma County in Washington state, according to the criminal complaint.
Police were called to the 1100 block of South Harbor Boulevard at 8:50 a.m. May 10 for what initially was thought to be an electrical box explosion, Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said. When officers arrived, they found a man — later identified as Beck — with serious hand and face injuries, which reportedly included missing fingers, from an improvised explosive device.
The Orange County sheriff’s bomb squad was sent to the scene, Radus said, and found a second IED and “rendered it safe,” police said.
The blast happened in a parking lot so there was no damage to buildings or any other injuries, according to Radus, who said police evacuated area businesses as a precaution.
Harbor Boulevard was shut down from Orangethorpe to Southgate avenues, but was later reopened.
>> Want to read more stories like this? Get our Free Daily Newsletters Here!Follow us: