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Police: Man wanted for building IEDs 'untrusting of government'

Police: Man wanted for building IEDs 'untrusting of government'
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COOS BAY, Ore. - A man wanted for manufacturing IEDs who is described as untrusting of government remains at large Thursday, Coos Bay Police said.

Jay Kenneth Yarbrough, 38, is wanted on a variety of charges, including possession and manufacture of a destructive device, police said.

Yarbrough was in the hospital ICU for a medical condition when his wife filed a report with Coos Bay Police Department alleging a domestic violence assault.

While there, officers located a hand-dug bunker under the home that contained restricted firearms, ammunition, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and illegal narcotics. 

Shortly after officers arrived at Yarbrough's home, someone notified Yarbrough that law enforcement had been called to his home. 

He subsequently left the ICU unit despite medical advice not to do so and has not been seen since.

Anyone with information about Yarbrough or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Coos Bay Police Department at (541) 269-8911. 

If you encounter Yarbrough, use extreme caution, police said. He is aware law enforcement are looking for him, police said.

Yarbrough is 6-foot, 175 pounds with long dark brown hair.

The Coos Bay Police Department has probable cause for Yarbrough’s arrest for Assault IV – Domestic (felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering, Possession of a Destructive Device, Unlawful Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, and Possession of a Hoax Destructive Device, Unlawful Possession of Short-Barreled Firearms, and Possession of a Controlled Substance II (methamphetamine). 

Yarbrough is wanted after Coos Bay Police officers investigated a report of domestic violence Wedenesday afternoon on Hull Street. Officers found 7 IEDs, explosives manufacturing materials and a cache of firearms and ammo, police said.

Police evacuated the home, closed the street and encouraged neighbors to evacuate. The Oregon State Police bomb squad from Medford responded and neutralized the IEDs.

Initial report

COOS BAY, Ore. - Officers investigating a report of domestic violence discovered a cache of improvised explosive devices and firearms in a home Wednesday.

Coos Bay Police evacuated the home and set up a perimeter around the Hull Street home.

The street is closed, and offiers have encouraged neighbors to evacuate as a precaution.

The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad is en route from Medford to deal with the IEDs.

Police said a suspect remains at large.

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