Man charged after explosive materials found inside home, deputies say

HOUSTON – A man was charged with terroristic threat after authorities said he built an explosive device inside his home, which was found after a standoff Tuesday.

The standoff lasted a couple of hours inside a home in the 11000 block of Sentry Court in northwest Harris County.

Investigators said Dewayne Evans was being held in the Harris County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Dewayne Evans is seen in this mugshot released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on May 9, 2018.
Dewayne Evans is seen in this mugshot released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on May 9, 2018.

"Bomb (squad) was telling us it was just some highly flammable-type stuff, along with some sort of explosive materials," said Deputy Thomas Gilliland, public information officer, Harris County Sheriff's Office.

KPRC2's crew at the scene spotted deputies inside the garage where officials said the explosive device was being built. Among bottles of unspecified chemicals, our crew noticed jumper cables being examined, as well.

Chris Graves, a resident of the house, told KPRC2 the suspect had been building the device Tuesday afternoon when he and others asked him to stop, fearing for their safety.

"He had it all set up across the garage," Graves said. "I knew something was wrong."

Graves said someone else in the home called 911. The Sheriff's Office confirmed that when deputies arrived, the same person told them they tried to stop the man from building the device, but he would not oblige.

He also would not exit the home, upon command, officials said, leading to a standoff which included SWAT and the High Risk Operations Unit for the bomb squad.

Investigators closed off access to the subdivision in which the house is located, meaning neighbors who were not home could not get in -- and those who were home could not get out.

Tarik Bob was one of them.

"I spent probably the last two hours looking out the window," Bob said.

After the suspect surrendered, neighbors received an all clear to return home.

"Hopefully it's all situated and hopefully the family finds peace," said Jason Navaro, who lives across the street from the suspect.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story reported that the suspect had been charged with deadly conduct. Jail records did not indicate that Evans was facing that charge.

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