A 57-year-old Menifee man allegedly caught with homemade explosives and a cache of firearms, uncovered during an investigation into spousal abuse, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to unlawful possession of a destructive device and other charges.

Timothy Lee Rarick was arrested last December following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation at his residence in the 28000 block of Richfield Circle, near Menifee Road.

Along with the destructive device count, Rarick is charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, assault resulting in great bodily injury and two counts of making criminal threats.

He was arraigned before Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Jan. 8 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murieta.

The defendant is free on a $50,000 bond.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Hamilton, deputies were sent to Rarick’s house in the predawn hours of Dec. 17, 2019, after receiving reports of a domestic assault in progress.

Hamilton said deputies confirmed there was a restraining order against the defendant, making it illegal for him to have firearms in his possession.

During a search of the property, “seven improvised explosive devices … 15 guns and several thousand rounds of ammunition” were seized, and Rarick was taken into custody without a struggle, Hamilton said.

The victim, whose identity was not disclosed, was treated by paramedics but apparently did not require hospitalization.

The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions.

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