Riverside Explosives Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Elder Abuse

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A Riverside man whose house was allegedly filled with explosives and booby traps has pleaded not guilty to three felony counts.

William Hunziker was charged Thursday with recklessly discharging a firearm, possessing a silencer, misdemeanor elder abuse and several sentence-enhancing allegations of using a weapon during a felony and being a habitual offender.

Hunziker, 46, was taken into custody after police responded to a shots fired call at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 8200 block of Oakhurst Place.

Police found his mother severely injured inside the residence. After a brief survey of the property, police called in agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

“We have found some small levels of high-end explosives that he had made,” Christian Hoffman of ATF said.

Bomb squad technicians executed a series of controlled explosions to detonate the items starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Bail for Hunziker was set at $1 million. If convicted, he could face up to 5 years and four months in prison.

Hunziker is scheduled back in court on Feb. 11.

RELATED STORY: Riverside Man’s Home Reportedly Filled With Explosives, Booby Traps

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