Escondido PD: Woman With Bomb, Outstanding Warrant Arrested After Traffic Stop

Melissa Vasquez, who faces multiple felony counts, was pulled over in Escondido Monday night


Officers took a 35-year-old woman into custody in North County on Monday night after they said they found an explosive device in her car.

Melissa Vasquez, who had an outstanding warrant and was riding in her gray Chevy by herself, was pulled over by Escondido Police at about 8:50 p.m. near the Jack in the Box in the 200 block of Felicita Avenue, investigators said. After she was taken into custody, police found the "small explosive" under her seat and called out the bomb squad, who disabled the device, which police said "was capable of releasing shrapnel."

Vasquez, who is being held at the Vista Detention Facility, is not eligible for bail. She faces two felony charges — for transportation/selling of a controlled substance, which was what the warrant was for, and possession of an explosive device in public. She is due in court in Vista on Thursday.

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