TEHACHAPI POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHIEF KENT KROEGER
Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green is pleased to announce a significant conviction. On November 6, 2018, a Kern County jury found Jeffrey Dean Enslow guilty of 18 counts involving charges ranging from felony domestic violence, attempt to ignite an explosive with intent to terrorize, possession of materials to make an explosive device, stalking in violation of a restraining order while personally using a firearm, dissuasion of a victim, hacking of cellphone communications, identity theft, possession of firearm silencers, and other contraband charges.
In October 2014, Jeffrey Dean Enslow broke into his ex-wife’s home and assaulted her, leaving visible bruises, and stole some of her property. In the years after the victim reported this incident to Tehachapi police, the Defendant waged an extensive cyber-stalking campaign using dark web emails, cellphone number spoofing apps, and free texting applications to threaten and harass his ex-wife and her family. During this time, the Defendant assembled a device that enabled him to surreptitiously connect to his victim’s cellphones and intercept her data and cellphone communications.
On July 6, 2017, one of the victims discovered a pipe bomb with various types of shrapnel under her car. The FBI confirmed the pipe bomb contained Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil, a powerful explosive that has been used historically in terrorist attacks like the Oklahoma City bombing. The subsequent investigation by local and federal law enforcement in 2017, which included multiple search warrants in Shasta and Orange County, uncovered a sophisticated criminal scheme and arsenal that identified Jeffrey Enslow as the attempted bomber and cyber-stalker.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled before the Honorable John Lua on December 4, 2018. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Christopher Puck. Tehachapi Police Officer Mike Adams and Homeland Security Agents Veronica Pike and Anthony Sims assisted with the investigation and prosecution.
August 24, 2017
Search Warrant Served in City of Redding
On August 23, 2017 Investigators from the Tehachapi Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the City of Redding. The warrant was related to the ongoing investigation regarding an explosive device that was discovered in Tehachapi on July 6, 2017.
In the early morning hours of July 6, 2017, an explosive device was found in a Tehachapi apartment complex parking lot. The device was rendered safe and the investigation led to the arrest of Jeffrey Dean Enslow, 48, of Redding California. Enslow was located by Investigators from the Tehachapi Police Department in the City of Fullerton on July 11 where he was taken into custody.
Based on the investigation, Tehachapi Police believed additional evidence would be located in Redding California. Investigators contacted the Redding Police Department who assisted in the service of the search warrant.
Investigators discovered a number of items related to the manufacturing of explosive devices inside the residence which led to the immediate evacuation of the Redding neighborhood. Bomb Technicians from Shasta County and Butte County Sheriff’s Department were called to the location to examine and safely recover these items. There were no injuries reported and the evacuation lasted approximately 8 hours.
Investigators also recovered a number of firearms, electronic “hacking” equipment, and additional evidence linking Enslow to the explosive device located in Tehachapi.
No additional arrests were made. Enslow remains in custody at the Kern County Jail where he is being held on $1,100,000.00 Bail. He is currently charged with:
18740 PC – Possession of Destructive Device
245(A)(1) PC – ADW/GBI: Not Firearm
422 PC – Threat to Terrorize
646.9(B) – Stalking