SHERMAN OAKS ( — Officials want to know why a 29-year-old man had 17 pipe bombs in his Palms apartment.

The bomb squad detonated the devices Wednesday afternoon.

A former neighbor told KCAL9’s Stacey Butler that Robert Wilson was very quiet. “We were always friendly, he would always speak.”

At this point, authorities don’t believe the man was involved in any kind of terror plot.

Butler spoke with the apartment manager at the El Dorado Apartments in Sherman Oaks where Wilson lived about two years ago, on and off.

He shared the apartment with roommates. Friends said Wilson was out-going.

Wilson attended Bishop Alemany, a private Catholic school in Mission Hills. He worked with his mother in a health care supply company.

The man’s friends are in disbelief that he would have pipe bombs. The friends told the apartment manager their friend was a computer junkie and someone who loved music — and he used to make music on his computer.

Apartment manager Rory Smith said “Whenever I saw him, or his buddies, I’d say ‘Great guys.’ They all seemed like good guys. I would never suspect this of any of them. So I was really in shock when I saw him on TV. As soon as I heard the name, I freaked out.”

Detectives are still combing through Wilson’s Palms apartment in an effort to figure out what he planned to do with the bombs.


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