AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Two bombs went off within a mile of each other in Aurora neighborhoods in two weeks. The suspect, 44-year-old Scott Campbell, is currently in custody, but it’s still unclear why the two locations were chosen – and residents of the area are shaken.
In the first incident, an explosive device was detonated near East Mansfield Avenue and South Reservoir Road on December 25, 2020 at around 5:30 a.m. The explosion damaged two houses.
The second explosion occurred on Jan. 7 at around 4:45 a.m. in the 4600 block of South Pagosa Circle – near South Buckley Road and East Wagontrail Parkway. This explosion damaged a house.
“It happened right at a bus stop, my kid’s bus stop, she is in middle school,” said Sarah Hayden. “It’s scary to think that children could be at a bus stop and a bomb could go off.”
Campbell was detained on January 15 in a house on Uravan Street just blocks from the first Christmas morning explosion.
The affidavit was sealed when the case went to trial.
Campbell has now faced eight criminal offenses, including attempted murder and arson. When he first appeared in court, his bond was fixed at $ 1 million.
“We are glad that we took this dangerous person into custody before anyone was seriously injured or killed,” Aurora Police Department said in a statement.
Although the streets are quieter now, some like Hayden still feel alarmed.
“With all of this, I wouldn’t mind seeing a patrol car with kids getting on and off buses,” said Hayden.