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Plainview man arrested for possessing suspected IED, additional weapon charge

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 9:02 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2021 at 10:25 PM CDT
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PLAINVIEW, Texas (KCBD) - Plainview police arrested a man early Tuesday morning during a traffic stop after officers found a suspected improvised explosive device in the car.

Chief Derrick Watson says in the course of another investigation, Plainview police got word that Calvin Padgett, 60, had an IED.

Officers were searching for Padgett, when he committed a traffic violation. Officers pulled over Padgett near Utica and 20th Street just before 1 a.m., when they found the device. The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad was called to assist.

Deputies recovered the explosive device and took it to a secure location for evidence processing.

Padgett was arrested and taken to Hale County jail. He’s charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, a third-degree felony.

A search warrant was obtained for Padgett’s residence in Plainview. Police found a rifle with a silencer as well as suspected bomb-making components which were taken into evidence by the LCSO.

Watson says his department has had run-ins with Padgett in the past. He doesn’t believe Padgett was a threat to the community at large, but officers don’t know his motive or where he was headed.

KCBD talked with a few of Padgett’s neighbors, who say they’re not surprised about the arrest. Just down the road, one neighbor just moved in this year.

“Through the grapevine, I’ve heard there’s been suspicious activity at the house going on for quite some time. Neighbors have tried to get law enforcement involved and they just haven’t been involved. Drug-related activities, I’ve heard rumors of gunshots,” she said.

She’s heard about suspicious activity, but says it’s horrifying that someone made a bomb just a few doors down.

“I’m a mom. you know, I have a 20-month-old. I have to think about my family. I have to think about my husband, the protection of our family. And of course I’m not, it does bring some concern and I hope that people turn their heads and take notice,” she said.

Another neighbor told KCBD she hears a lot of fighting coming from Padgett’s house and has seen cops there before. Another Plainview mom, Meagan Sherman, messaged KCBD on Facebook, concerned about her kids. Her 11-year-old son goes to school right by 20th and Utica, where Padgett was pulled over. In messages, she writes she’s grateful this was at night, when no kids where there. She’s grateful for law enforcement’s quick response, but writes it’s “super scary to think about.”

“I know for one my prayers will be going up a lot stronger for this neighborhood and this city knowing this. If law enforcement can do something, please, for my family, my baby, me, my husband, please turn your head and look into it,” the neighbor said.

A Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been notified.

Padgett is held on a $50,000 bond. Watson says he has been compliant with officers so far.

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