James Novello (Photo courtesy SFPD)

James Novello (Photo courtesy SFPD)

New charges filed against SF paramedic arrested in Excelsior explosion

New charges were filed Tuesday against a San Francisco Fire Department paramedic who was arrested last week in connection with an explosion outside an Excelsior District home.

James Novello, 32, was arrested in connection with the detonation Wednesday morning of an explosive device outside a home in the 100 block of Madrid Street, which may have been connected to a neighborhood dispute.

Novello, who was out of custody on bail, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on charges including possession of a destructive device, possession of a destructive device in a public place, explosion of a destructive device with intent to injure, possession of means to make an explosive device and attempted arson.

However, shortly before his scheduled appearance he was arrested again and taken back into police custody.

Prosecutors said they are filing additional charges including 20 counts of possession of a destructive device.

A fire department spokesperson has said the department is aware of the arrest and working with the Police Department in the investigation. Novello has been placed on non-working status since the arrest.

Novello’s arraignment was postponed to Wednesday.

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