Man accused of setting off explosives in Freetown

Posted: 10/09/13 at 12:10 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/09/13 at 10:49 pm EDT

FREETOWN, Mass. (WHDH) -- New Bedford resident, 25-year-old Derek Faisca-Ribeiro, was arrested Wednesday shortly after investigators say he stuffed a device jammed with fireworks inside a mattress and blew it up near Profile Rock in Freetown.

Police pulled up to a car around 3:30 a.m. where a mattress was strapped to the roof of the car. The driver talked with police and said he was just checking out the mattress the make sure it was attached to the car. Police let him go.

Just minutes later 911 callers began to report an explosion in that area. Investigators tracked the car down to New Bedford, where police arrested Faisca-Ribeiro.

“I wouldn't want to be here, hearing that in the middle of the night. I live in the middle of a city, so I wouldn't want to hear a big loud bang in the middle of the city never mind a quiet place like this,” said Lorraine Aguiliera, concerned resident.

Investigators said they believe this is an isolated incident.

"Nothing at this time to suggest any motive other than the single detonation,” Freetown Police Chief Carlton Abbott said.

Faisca-Ribeiro has a prior military service record as a combat engineer. The FBI, ATF and state police are all involved in this investigation as they search for a motive.

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