A Jackson man accused of detonating a pipe bomb in June pled not guilty Monday in Cape Girardeau County court. 44-year-old David Salzmann is being held in the county jail on a $75,000 bond and faces charges of second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession of a weapon and violation of an order of protection. He is accused of trying to commit suicide with a homemade explosive device. Police received a call from a house in Cape Girardeau where Salzmann's wife was staying, and an officer found him sitting in a car in front of the house. Salzmann allegedly detonated a device in the car as an officer approached. Residents were evacuated from the block and police searched the neighborhood for other explosives. Salzmann is on supervised probation from a 2010 charge for possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Salzmann has been found indigent and assigned a public defender.
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