Elphbert Laforteza is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon at the South Bay Courthouse on charges of possession of a destructive device in a public place, possession of ingredients to make a destructive device and possession of a destructive device.
Besides the five crude homemade chemical bombs that exploded in trash barrels during the lunch hour, three others were disabled by the bomb squad and officers found four others partially assembled in Laforteza's backpack, according to authorities.
Nobody was injured and no property was damaged in the explosions.
Laforteza told investigators he had brought a dozen of the bottle bombs to the Airway Road campus, according to Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
San Ysidro High Principal Hector Espinoza called it a "very bad prank."
Laforteza -- an all-league football player and an ROTC cadet -- was awarded his diploma last week but was not allowed to graduate with his class. He applied but was not admitted to the Air Force Academy, a spokesman for the Air Force said.
Authorities are still looking for others involved in the incident, and more arrests are anticipated, said District Attorney's Office spokesman Paul Levikow.
The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest combat ship on Saturday, the USS Tulsa, which eventually will be docked in San Diego.
More than 150 current and former service members and their families gathered on the USS Midway on Saturday morning.
Dozens of people on Saturday fell victim to a brunch scam that was supposed to take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
One person was shot and seriously injured outside a Kearny Mesa restaurant Friday night - sending diners running for cover.
A man who might have died trying to surf in a rain- swollen Escondido runoff channel on Valentine's Day has been identified.
A small private jet inbound to San Diego International Airport suffered primary brake failure but was still able to land safely on Saturday, officials said.
Weekend conditions are looking cool and wet. Stronger, colder system on Sunday will bring a chance of snow to San Diego mountains.
Six hundred active duty military and veterans will get a unique and intimate concert at the Belly Up on Monday February 18th.
On February 14, 2018, Aalayah Eastmond was in class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when a gunman opened fire.
A San Diego family received a sweet surprise on Valentine’s Day after a fellow diner unexpectedly paid their $52.75 Red Lobster tab and left a sweet note for the mother.