accused of storing a cache of explosives beneath their Cherry Valley home.A preliminary hearing is expected Thursday Oct. 24 for a man and his two sons, who are
Bruce William Borynack, 50, Zackariah William Borynack, 25, and Zephaniah John Borynack, 23, were arrested Oct. 6 after Riverside County sheriff's investigators executed a search warrant at their residence.
All three are charged with 14 counts of unlawful possession of explosive or destructive devices. Bruce and Zackariah Borynack are additionally facing sentence-enhancing allegations of committing felonies while out on bail.
They're slated to appear for a preliminary hearing before Superior Court Judge Mac Fisher, who will determine whether there's sufficient evidence to warrant a trial in the case.
The men declined to waive time for their preliminary hearing, which by law must occur within 10 days of a defendant's arraignment unless the accused agrees to a postponement.
Each man was held Oct. 23 in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
Based on an ongoing investigation of the defendants' activities, detectives obtained a warrant to search their single-story house at 10071 Nancy Ave., according to sheriff's Sgt. James Burton.
Two occupants left the residence before the warrant could be served, leading deputies to stop and detain them in Beaumont, he said. Because of concerns that the men's car might contain explosives, deputies secured it using a remote-controlled robot, according to Burton.
Back at the house, investigators initially ran into trouble gaining access because one of the defendants and a female companion refused to come out, Burton said. A crisis negotiator convinced the pair to leave the house peacefully. Burton said the woman was released from custody after questioning.
While searching the interior of the residence, deputies stumbled upon what they described as an underground bunker, Burton said.
"Inside the bunker, investigators located a large amount of explosive munitions," he said.
According to sheriff's officials, the cache was so extensive and varied that local investigators requested assistance from the U.S. Air Force, which sent demolitions experts to help secure the scene. FBI agents also joined the investigation.
Bruce and Zackariah Borynack were arrested and charged in August 2011 with 40 counts of being in possession of explosive devices. The investigation was initiated after Zackariah Borynack was stopped leaving the scene of a fire, and deputies found a homemade phosphorous smoke bomb and a zip gun in his vehicle, according to prosecutors.
More alleged hazardous materials were later seized at the men's home, though the bunker was not uncovered at that time. Both defendants eventually posted $25,000 bail and were released from custody.
They're awaiting trial in that case. A status hearing is set for Oct. 29, during which prosecutors are expected to request that the 2011 case and the most recent one be consolidated.
Reported by City News Service in Riverside