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Bond raised for Manchester cemetery pipe bomb suspect

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Michael Guegel. (Manchester police photo) Michael Guegel. (Manchester police photo)

A man accused of leaving a pipe bomb in a Manchester cemetery faced a judge on Wednesday.

Police said Michael Guegel, 52, was arrested on Tuesday through an arrest warrant.

The judge raised his bond to $250,000 from $125,000 during his court appearance. His case was also continued to Dec. 22.

The investigation began Nov. 9 after a town employee found what appeared to be a pipe bomb in East Cemetery on East Center Street, the same area where thousands will gather next week for the annual Manchester Road Race.

Police responded and confirmed that the device was a pipe bomb. Members of the Hartford Police Department’s bomb squad helped to make the device safe.

Guy Campbell, a military veteran, found the pipe bomb as he was blowing leaves.

"I saw this grey tape with a wick sticking out," Campbell said. "I kind of knew it was a wick and it looked like a pipe bomb."

Investigators said it was later brought to the State Forensics Lab in Meriden where DNA evidence revealed Guegel as the suspect.

On Tuesday, Manchester police and members of Hartford’s bomb squad executed a search and seizure warrant at a home on Pearl Street. Police said they found and seized bomb-making materials, computers and other electronic devices.

Police said Guegel told them he crafted the bomb from an electrical cadweld pipe by cutting a hole in it, putting a fuse inside, and then wrapping it with duct tape.

Guegel has a criminal past and admitted to police that he lit the bomb with the intention of watching it "sparkle." Fortunately it didn't explode, but police said he failed to go back and throw his homemade bomb away.

Guegel was arrested near his home and charged with manufacture of bombs, first-degree breach of peace and second-degree reckless endangerment.

No charges were filed in relation to what was discovered in the home. Police said that part of the investigation is still ongoing.

Guegel is being held on a $250,000 bomb.

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