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FBI To Help In Investigation of Two Arrested With Guns, Possible Bombs

May 4, 1995

KELSO, Wash. (AP) _ A .357-caliber pistol was found under a pillow in their motel room. The two men had concealed weapons, police said, and their van was full of other guns, possible explosives, cash, marijuana and survival gear.

The two men, being held today in lieu of $100,000 bail each, refused to say what they planned to do with the material.

``With the guns and all the stuff they had, (and) $2,000 in cash, who knows what they’re doing?,″ Police Chief Tony Stoutt said. ``Who knows what they’re trying to finance?″

``We’re just real curious about why they’re here in Kelso,″ said Sgt. Vern Thompson.

An FBI agent from Vancouver was sent to Kelso to help in the investigation.

Charles Harrison Barbee, 43, of Sagle, Idaho, and Robert Sherman Berry, 41, of Auburn came to police attention Tuesday after a motel employee found a .357-caliber Magnum handgun under a pillow in a room the men rented the night before.

The two had checked out and were arrested after they returned to the motel, saying they had left a jacket.

The Magnum was registered to a deputy in Snohomish County, northeast of Seattle, who said his home was burglarized April 26 but he hadn’t realized the gun was missing, authorities said.

A 9 mm pistol with a silencer and ammunition were found in the van, police said. Thompson said there was also a plastic bag of what appeared to be chunks of C-4 plastic explosive, and two 32-ounce beer bottles that appeared to be homemade bombs.

Also found were other guns, survival gear, police radio scanners, marijuana and more than 100 silver bars and coins, police said.

Stoutt said both men were charged with possession of stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

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