Apr 08, 2021 12:00 AM

Police find explosive device in Kansas man's car

Posted Apr 08, 2021 12:00 AM
Mendoza photo Sedgwick County
Mendoza photo Sedgwick County

SEDGWICK COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects after finding explosives in a vehicle.

Just before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police officers recognized a white Nissan Rogue at 21st and Woodlawn in  Wichita, according Officer Charley Davidson. The suspect vehicle had reportedly been involved in multiple drive-by shootings.

The officers stopped the vehicle at an apartment complex in the 5400 block of East 21st Street North. They arrested the occupants of the vehicle identified as 25-year-old Eri Mendoza and 29-year-old Jessica Valdovinos.

Valdovinos photo Sedgwick County
Valdovinos photo Sedgwick County

Inside the vehicle, officers also located an improvised explosive device that looked like a grenade. The Wichita Police bomb unit responded to assist with the safe disposal of the device.

In addition, police located a firearm, a firearm magazine and methamphetamine.

Mendoza is being held on requested charges of aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, criminal possession of an explosive device, criminal use of an explosive device and driving with a suspended license, according to Davidson.  

Valdovinos is being held on charges of possession of methamphetamine, criminal use of an explosive device, and outstanding warrants.  Mendoza has previous felony convictions, according to Davidson.