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Couple scheduled for arraignment on explosives charges

POULSBO — A Poulsbo woman reportedly told police that the explosive device she carried was given to her by her husband for her personal protection.

Krista Leeann Hendershot, 42, was arrested Nov. 14 at Harrison Medical Center by Bremerton Police, and booked into Kitsap County Jail on a felony charge of possession of an explosive device. Bail was set at $100,000.

Her husband, Dennis Dale Hendershot Jr., was arrested around 8 p.m. by Poulsbo police at the couple’s home, and booked into Kitsap County Jail on charges of felony manufacturing an explosive device and misdemeanor violation of a no contact order. Bail was set at $150,000.

The Hendershots were scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Nov. 15 at 3 p.m., according to the Kitsap County Jail roster.

Bremerton Police were dispatched to Harrison Medical Center at 7:36 a.m. Nov. 14 after a man delivered Krista Hendershot to the emergency room and told hospital security there was an explosive device in his car. Officers saw an object in the car that looked like an improvised explosive device and, with the assistance of Harrison Medical Center staff, immediately established a safe zone around the vehicle and called in the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad. The bomb squad removed the device.

During the investigation, officers learned there could be more devices in the woman’s home in the Poulsbo Mobile Home Park on the corner of Caldart Avenue and Lincoln Road. Poulsbo police, Kitsap County Sheriff’s officers, state patrol troopers and an FBI bomb technician went to the scene.

No other individuals were in the home when the search warrant was served, Poulsbo Deputy Police Chief Bob Wright said. Neighboring homes were evacuated for about three hours.

In the house, officers found a device similar to the one Hendershot had with her, with CO2 cartridges taped to it.

Poulsbo police watched the home until Dennis Hendershot arrived; he was arrested without incident, Wright said. Wright said Dennis Hendershot “is known to us.”

Bremerton Police Lt. Pete Fisher said the morning’s events began when a “Good Samaritan” saw Krista Hendershot “between Bremerton and Poulsbo,” apparently distressed, and pulled over and offered her a ride to the hospital.

“At some time, he inquired as to whether she had any weapons, and she showed him the device,” Fisher said. “He took her to the emergency room and then contacted hospital security and said ‘There’s a bomb in my car.’”

Fisher said the device was a seal bomb with six CO2 cartridges, the kind used with air pistols, taped to it. Seal bombs are issued to fishermen by the Department of Agriculture for use in keeping seals away from fishing boats. But the addition of the CO2 cartridges made the seal bomb illegal to own because the cartridges would fragment upon detonation, making the bomb “anti-personnel in nature,” Fisher said.

Fisher said Krista Hendershot had made no threats and cooperated with police. “What I was told was she had the device to protect her from people who were harassing her or would harass her,” Fisher said.

 

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