A recent boyfriend of the Southern California woman killed in a mysterious package blast this week has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an “unregistered destructive device,” the FBI said Thursday.
Stephen Beal, 59, was taken into custody after investigators found the unidentified device during a raid of his Long Beach home following the Tuesday death of his girlfriend and business associate Ildiko Krajnyak, the FBI said in a statement.
The feds said the charge against Beal was not related to the suspected package bombing at Krajnyak’s Magya Kozmetika day spa in a two-story medical building in Aliso Viejo.
Investigators have not said how the explosive package ended up at the day spa, but they said the incident appeared to be “intentional” and was being treated as a homicide.
Investigators are still figuring out how the package arrived at the building. (Mindy Schauer/AP)
Beal recently listed Krajnyak as an executive of his skin care company I and S Enterprises Inc.
He registered the company with the California Secretary of State last June and filed paperwork April 5 saying Krajnyak was replacing him as the CEO while he remained the secretary and chief financial officer. He listed the company’s business address as the same building where the day spa was located.
Neighbors said Beal built powerful model rockets in his spare time.
Ildiko Krajnyak, 48, was killed when the package went off at the spa. (Facebook)
“He would do it in the driveway by his garage,” Mushroom Montoya told ABC affiliate KABC. “He’d go out to the desert and fire them off.”
“If I were the police and I have an explosive issue – a bombing – and I come to this house and I find rocket fuel plus they were business partners, then all these things kind of enter into play in terms of it being suspicious,” Montoya continued.
Beal was due to appear in federal court later Thursday, the FBI said.