Bomb Parts, Marijuana, Day Care Center Do Not Mix
Hospital visit leads police to Lake Elsinore home, day care facility
By OLSEN EBRIGHT and JONATHAN LLOYD
Updated 11:52 AM PDT, Fri, Oct 9, 2009
Apparently baby-sitting, bomb making and growing marijuana could be one big family activity in Lake Elsinore.
Benjamin Kuzelka, 23, walked into a hospital late Wednesday and told emergency personnel that he had shot his own hand, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez.
Hospital personnel determined the injury was inconsistent with a gunshot wound, and he later told sheriff’s deputies he had blown off his hand while playing with explosives, Gutierrez said.
Hospital officials tipped off law enforcement, and deputies — along with agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — went to his home at 30524 Audelo St. That’s where they found materials used to make explosives, as well as a sophisticated indoor marijuana grow, police said.
Kuzelka, who is on probation for a 2007 conviction for drug possession and marijuana sales, will be taken to the county jail when he recuperates.
His mother, 55-year-old Rebecca Kuzelka, and brother, 21-year-old Grey Kuzelka, were also arrested. They are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, pending a Tuesday court appearance. They were charged with felony child endangerment, possession and manufacturing of explosives, and possession and cultivation of marijuana charges, police said.
The mother’s licensed, state-funded day care center is registered under the name Kuzelka Family Daycare (License No. 334818770).
“We do believe that when all this illegal activity was going on, that children were present,” Gutierrez said.
However, no children were home at the time of the explosion, authorities said. Only five children total from low-income families are enrolled in the center.
Authorities said they do not believe the explosives were tied to terrorism, the Los Angeles Times reported.