Arrest made in Colorado Springs bombing

COLORADO SPRINGS - 9Wants to Know has learned a man has been arrested in connection with a bombing that occurred at a building housing the NAACP and other businesses.

Investigators are looking into the possibility a tax preparation business may have been the target of the bombing as opposed to the NAACP.

Thaddeus Murphy, 44, of Colorado Springs has been arrested by federal law enforcement officials, but so far charges haven't been officially filed against him.

9Wants to Know has learned Murphy was taken into federal custody sometime on Thursday.

According to high-level sources close to the investigation, Murphy's home was searched, and investigators found items that connect to the bombing.

The FBI, ATF and Colorado Springs law enforcement officers were seen executing a search warrant in Colorado Springs on Thursday.

Murphy told investigators he intended to target the tax preparation company and not the NAACP during an interview, according to sources.

An affidavit said Murphy was targeting an accountant named Steve Dehaven who "wouldn't return to him his tax records from 2006 to the present and wouldn't return his phone calls." The affidavit says Murphy had to file bankruptcy and needed the records due to his financial issues.

The affidavit claimed he "flipped out" and "built the pipe bomb as a warning."

A background check shows Murphy pleaded guilty to felony theft on a case filed against him in El Paso County back in 2007.

The bombing occurred Jan. 6 at an office building housing a tax preparation company and the NAACP.

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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