Suspect in Rogue River bombing arrested

Michael J. Pankey

A 30-year-old drifter has been arrested on charges he tossed a homemade bomb at a Rogue River house where his girlfriend took refuge after breaking up with him.

Police Chief Ken Lewis says Michael J. Pankey was arrested Wednesday night a few miles outside of Rogue River.

The bomb went off Monday, and Pankey's girlfriend told police he had threatened to blow up her house or car after their breakup.

Police say the bomb appears to have been a small propane cylinder like those used for camp stoves, filled with gunpowder. No one was injured.

A few minutes after the blast, an officer pulled over Pankey for speeding, but the officer didn't know he was involved in the explosion and let him go.

His SUV was impounded, though.

Pankey is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree assault, coercion, and possession and manufacture of a destructive device. Bail is set at more than $1 million.

— Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

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