Calif. car bomb suspect may get mental health eval


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lawyer for a Northern California man arrested in an FBI terrorism sting after he allegedly tried to blow up an Oakland bank with an inoperative bomb says his client may need a mental health evaluation.

Because of that, a federal judge on Thursday ordered 28-year-old Matthew Llaneza of San Jose to return to court on March 8 to decide what next steps to take.

The FBI alleges that Llaneza tried to detonate a car bomb in front of a Bank of America branch in Oakland last week. The FBI had built the dummy bomb after he allegedly made contact with an undercover agent who pretended to have connections with the Taliban.

The FBI says the agent provided the SUV and all materials used to construct the inactive bomb.

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