Bernard Jerome Brous arrested for sabotage.
CORPUS CHRISTI TIMES, Mon., June 19, 196! Pair Admits Bombing ATT Relay Stations SAN DIEGO, Calif. W -- In. vestigators say an ex-builder and a young mining engineer have admitted the $850,000 bombing of throe Utah and Nevada communications facilities three weeks ago -- to publicize an anti-big- business "American republican army." Police of Ensenada, Mexico. 3 off Peru. Bortoii said he was a guest for skin-diving. Others Involved An FBI complaint filed at La Vegas, Nev., charging conspiracy, indicated others are in volved. It accused Brous, Jensen "and other unknown persons.' Mexican authorities said Brous and Jensen admitted blowing up port city 75 miles south of here,]the two microwave towers and a relay station early on Sunday morning. Jfav '2$. The American arrested bearded Bernard Jerome Brous, 51, and handsome Dale Chris Jensen, 23, U.S. .citizens, Saturday night aboard Brous' yacht laden with arms-machine guns, rifles arid ammunition. Last night Mexican authorities brought the two men to the border at Tijuana and turned them over to the FBI. Agents took them beiore a San Diego U.S. commissioner, who ordered them held under $100,000 bail each and set arraignment for tomorrow. Taken into custody for questioning with them and brought here were Brous' wife, Minnie, 40, a former dancer and model, Telephone Telegraph Co., estimated the damage at about $S50.- 000. Brous told a U.S. newsman te masterminded the sabotage. Jensen told Mexican police he blew up the three installations and *as paid by Brous to do it. He said Brous was in Ensenada at the time. A copyrighted story in the San Diego Union quoted the two as saying the sabotage was in be- U of the "American republican army." They said it advocates the overthrow of the pres- l cnt U.S. political order. i and Robert Gerald Bortoii, 23. a A Mexican official said Brous and publisher of the Redondc Beach. Calif., South Bay Daily Breeze, who was vacationing in Ensenada. Curry said Brous representÂ« himself at head of the American republican army and said It wil gain political power "by political not violent means." Brous added: "We planned blowing up thi communication equipment as i spectacular etfort to bring notice to the organization." Hate* Utility Brous told Curry that "hate for the privately owned utility com sanies" was one reason for the bombings. Another was to produce a "scare" to bring nationwide recognition of his group. Brous described it as "like the John Birch Society but more active." Whether the "American republican army" is an organiza- .ion of any size wasn't known. The FBI in Washington wouldn't com ment. Brous said he'i non-Communist r,t supports nationalization of pubic utilities. Reno, Nev., gambling house dead- told him the army was intended He claimed hi* group it stiing JEB0ME BROUS . . . bates utilities DALE JEXSEN . bombed for money (A? w'.rtpftefos) the telephone company for J4.7 million. The communications towers were key links in nationwide eom- _ munican'ons. They handled tele- used in hunting sunken treasure i ten by Robert L. Curry, editorlphon* and telegraph circuit* for er. . i to fight what Brous termed of- Both said they knew nothing official corruption in the American the bombings. Mrs. Brous told (system, including the FBI and newsmen she thought the expio- big business, sives on the yacht were to be The union's interview was writ- public UM and circuits used In U. S. defense operations. Located In the desert, the its are automatic and nortnally u n m a n n e d , They are part of ATT's system of relaying signals by line of sight. The blasts caused only minor disruption of military circuits because equipment automatically switched messages to another system. FBI agents in Las Vegas, Nev., yesterday filed a complaint charging Brous, Jensen and other unknown persons with conspiracy between May 1 and May 28 to commit sabotage by blowing up and destroying the microwave station at Wendover, Nev, Other Stations The others blown up were at Knolls, Utah, and Cedar Mountain. Utah. The complaint said the two men 'had reason to believe their acts would injure, interfere with or obstruct the United States in carrying on defense action." Ensenada police said they went aboard the 42-foot ketch, the Monsoon, at S p.m. Saturday on tip that heavily armed persons] were living aboard. Detective Emillo Mcndez related : Brous stood on deck with an M2 rifle in his hand, a pistol Ws belt and two hand grenades a table beside him. Brous started to point the rifle nt the four policemen, but they quickly disarmed him. They arrested Brous and his wife, then the other two men they appeared 2 1 ,i hours later. Jensen was carrying a bag with two hand gtendados in it. Taken to police headquarters was an arsenal so heavy that Monsoon's bow rode high out of water after police removed it. Rubber Workers 7 Strike Settled DENVER. Wi -- A three-day strike by 3,300 members of the United Rubber Workers Union at [he Gates Rubber Co, here was settled last night. The settlement was announced in a joint statement by management and the union, but details -he settlement were not given. Â« f