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Police: Silvis man caused explosion in Moline hotel
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Police: Silvis man caused explosion in Moline hotel

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A man was arrested for residential arson and possession of explosives after an explosion was heard at a Moline hotel, police said in a press release Thursday.

Joseph R. Ramos, 55, of Silvis, had reportedly been arguing with one of the occupants of the QC Stay Inn, 2359 69th Ave., Moline, possibly leading to the explosion which damaged an exterior wall of the building.

Police were called just before midnight. The caller reported an unknown problem on the second floor and an explosion. Officers arrived and spoke to a woman in the hotel room who reported being harassed by her former boyfriend, Ramos. 

Police executed a search warrant at Ramos' house in Silvis. Since explosives were involved, the Quad City Bomb Squad helped the police department with the investigation.

Both residential arson and possession of an explosive device are Class 1 felonies punishable by between four and 15 years in prison.

Ramos is being held in the Rock Island County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He will make a court appearance Friday. 

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