Arlington woman, teen plead guilty in pipe-bomb case

FORT WORTH -- An Arlington woman and a teenage companion who were arrested in February after Arlington police found pipe bombs in her pickup have pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.

Kimberly Al-Homsi, 45, and Yasinul Ansari, 18, were arrested after a chase from Arlington into Fort Worth on Feb. 13.

They could each be sentenced to 10 years in prison. The spokeswoman provided no further details.

According to news reports, police tried to pull over Al-Homsi after getting a 911 call that a person in a pickup had pointed a weapon at the caller as both traveled on Texas 360 between Pioneer Parkway and East Abram Street.

She did not stop until her pickup hit a patch of ice and spun out of control on East Rosedale Street beneath Loop 820, police said.

Al-Homsi then told police that three pipe bombs were in the rear of her pickup. Authorities removed a bag and determined that two of the devices were bombs, according to court documents.

Investigators said that Al-Homsi admitted making three pipe bombs in her apartment. The bombs contained Pyrodex, which is similar to black powder; match heads; and road flares. Al-Homsi told authorities that she bought PVC pipe, end caps, duct tape, steel epoxy and PVC glue from a Home Depot and the Pyrodex, ball bearings, black powder primer and a shirt for Ansari at an Academy sporting goods store, court documents said.

Al-Homsi has a history of possessing explosive devices, including a fake grenade, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

MITCH MITCHELL, 817-390-7752