Exploding pumpkin leads investigators to parolee with illegal drugs and guns, cops say

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Nov. 3 2021, Published 1:26 p.m. ET

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An exploding pumpkin on Halloween led police to a man who officers say had illegal drugs and guns and now he faces criminal charges, authorities announced.

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Around 3 a.m. Nov. 1, the Idaho Falls Police Department was called to a home on North Fanning Avenue after a homeowner heard a loud explosion outside and discovered someone had blown up his pumpkin, according to East Idaho News.

According to police reports obtained by East Idaho News, officers spotted Miguel Crispin, 29, in the area.

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Crispin ran away on foot before officers could talk to him about the explosion, East Idaho News reported.

Cops saw Crispin run between two mobile homes with a backpack near Holmes Avenue, according to East Idaho News.

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When Crispin came out, officers didn’t see a backpack, East Idaho News reported.

Police caught up with Crispin and arrested him, according to East Idaho News.

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When officers began to search Crispin, they found a glass pipe, eight shotgun shells, 40 rounds of 9mm ammunition and a gunstock, East Idaho News reported.

Police found a black handgun holster under Crispin’s shirt and a dollar bill with a white substance believed to be methamphetamine was in his sock, according to court documents obtained by East Idaho News.

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Another officer in the area spotted Crispin’s backpack on the roof of one of the homes and the fire department was called to get it down, East Idaho News reported.

Cops found a loaded gun on the top of the house, as well as a backpack with a loaded 12 gauge shotgun with a shortened barrel and the stock removed, according to East Idaho News.

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Crispin is a convicted felon who is not allowed to have guns, and police discovered he had a felony probation violation warrant, East Idaho News reported.

Police arrested Crispin and took him to the Bonneville County Jail, according to East Idaho News.

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Crispin is charged with a felony count of unlawful gun possession, felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, East Idaho News reported.

Court documents obtained by East Idaho News did not indicate if Crispin is the one allegedly responsible for the destruction of the pumpkin.

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