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Concord man guilty of throwing bombs at police during high-speed chase

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Concord man guilty of throwing bombs at police during high-speed chase

SAN FRANCISCO — A Concord man was convicted after he threw pipe bombs strapped to gasoline containers at police more than once during a high-speed chase from San Francisco to the East Bay last October, prosecutors said Thursday.

Daniel Garcia, 42, was found guilty by a jury of three counts of detonating an explosive device with intent to injure, four counts of possession of an explosive device and one count of evading an officer with willful disregard for people or property., according to San Francisco DA Brooke Jenkins.

On Oct. 29, 2023, Garcia randomly attacked a man at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in San Francisco, punching him in the head and knocking him unconscious, prosecutors said. He then fled to his car as churchgoers called police, driving away as officers arrived.

During the chase from San Francisco to the East Bay, Garcia threw two pipe bombs, which were strapped to containers filled with gasoline, out of his window toward police officers; the bombs  exploded, but did not harm the officers or bystanders.

After reaching Martinez, Garcia blew out one of his tires on a poorly-executed turn. The wheel then “literally fell off” and he surrendered, according to prosecutors.



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