Colorado City family says neighbors blew up their truckPosted: Updated:
COLORADO CITY, Ariz. -- Authorities are investigating if an explosion that destroyed a pickup truck in Colorado City was a criminal act targeting a non-FLDS family.
Over the years, 3TV has covered numerous stories about the thuggery, violence and vandalism apparently targeting Colorado City residents who do not follow the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
"Certainly anyone using explosives in a criminal manner is something that's on our radar," said ATF Specialist Tom Mangan. "It looks like a commercial explosive was used -- possibly dynamite, TNT, perhaps a cast booster."
Last weekend's explosion destroyed the Stubbs family's work truck, which was parked in a field on the outskirts of the FLDS-controlled city near the Utah border.
"This not the USA," Sally Stubbs said. "This is the Taliban."
The Stubbs family says this is not the first time they have been targeted.
"They're targeting me just because I'm not FLDS," Shane Stubbs said.
3TV has reported extensively on the family and what they say is ongoing harassment and abuse by their neighbors, who still follow imprisoned polygamous prophet Warren Jeffs.
They say the harassment includes FLDS men and boys chasing their horses and cattle off their land and onto roadways, where many of their animals have been lost, injured or killed.
"Cut the locks off that gate, threw it off to the side, run the animals right out of the field, right out on the highway," Shane Stubbs said.
The explosion is being investigated by the ATF, FBI and Mohave County Sheriff's Office.
"We obviously want to provide whatever assistance we can, and if federal charges develop down the line, we'll pursue those," Mangan said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-522-4312 or Silent Witness at 1-888-227-8780. Silent Witness is offering a reward up to $750 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the explosion and criminal damage.