Neighborhood evacuated in bomb scare
By Melissa Pinion-Whitt

CHINO HILLS - A suspicious device resembling a bomb prompted the evacuation of about two dozen town homes early Friday.

Sheriff's deputies came to the 2700 block of Calle Luna at 9:25 a.m. on a report of a device consisting of two red cylinders inside a box with antennae protruding out of one end.

"It turned out not to be a true device, but a hoax," said sheriff's Sgt. Robert Guillen. "All the parts were inert."

While deputies were at the scene, the Daily Bulletin received an anonymous call indicating the device had been placed on the doorstep of one of the homes. The name and exact address of the resident was also mentioned, but both are being withheld for the victim's protection.

The garbled female voice, claiming to be from the Animal Liberation Front, said the resident is a veterinarian in Los Angeles County.

Sheriff's bomb squad personnel came to the home just before 11 a.m. and used a robot to examine the device.

Most residents in the area were not home at the time, but the ones who were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes at 1:37 p.m., Guillen said.

FBI officials confirmed they are also investigating the incident.

"We are investigating this incident as an act of domestic terrorism," said Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman with the FBI. "We are investigating with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department as well as the Los Angeles Police Department."

The agency also would not reveal information about the victim or the person responsible for planting the device.

"It's really a safety concern at this point," Eimiller said.

Anyone with information on this incident may call the sheriff's Chino Hills station at (909) 364-2000.