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Man arrested after explosive device found in Darby motel room

Posted at 3:48 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:03:56-04

MISSOULA – Nicholas Jordan Armidon was arrested after deputies found what appeared to be a home-made explosive device in his motel room in Darby.

Armidon, 35 years old, was arrested Tuesday morning after deputies found a device in his motel room at the Budget Inn in Darby.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton said deputies initially contacted Armidon early Tuesday morning due to an outstanding arrest warrant for a different offense. Sheriff Holton said when deputies retrieved personal belongings from the room, at Armidon’s request, they noticed the device.

Deputies secured the room and evacuated the motel, forcing about a dozen people to be relocated.

Explosives technicians from the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and an explosives-trained canine from the National Institutes of Health Police assisted in the search. It is likely – though MTN has not confirmed – that the canine was from the National Institutes of Health Rocky Mountain Laboratory in nearby Hamilton.

Sheriff Holton said investigators believe that all of the devices have been recovered and are now safe.

There is no indication that additional devices are in the community.

Armidon was booked into the Ravalli County Detention Center on charges of criminal endangerment, possession of explosives, possession of destructive devices, and revocation of suspended/deferred sentence.

Reporting by Melissa Rafferty and David Sherman