Wanted man drops live explosive in northwest Fresno restaurant, police say

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A man is now under arrest after police said he dropped a live explosive in a northwest Fresno restaurant Wednesday night. 

It happened at the Panera on Shaw and Marty. 

The bomb squad was able to deactivate the device and reopen the area safely. 

Lt. Bill Dooley with the Fresno Police Department said it all started earlier in the afternoon. Police along with federal agents went to the home of 43-year-old Chad Mazgedian to take him into custody on a felony domestic violence warrant. 

He was not home, but Dooley said they found explosive materials on his property and began searching for Mazgedian.

They spotted his car on Shaw around 7:30 p.m. After a short pursuit Dooley said he abandoned his vehicle and ran. 

“Our suspect had fled inside into the Panera restaurant. Officers followed him in chasing him, tackled him and handcuffed him. As they were lifting him up an explosive device fell from his jacket. The suspect admitted that was a live explosive device,” Dooley said. 

Mazgedian was taken into custody. Dooley said Mazgedian claimed he had another bomb in his car. Authorities were able to determine he did not. 

Roads in the area were closed and nearby businesses were evacuated. The bomb was deactivated and no one was hurt. Police are still investigating why Mazgedian had a bomb. They said he is cooperating with the investigation. 

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