Florida Man Tells Airport Worker to Check his Bag “Before it Explodes”

Fred Gray

ORLANDO, Fla. – Officers responded to a “verbal face-to-face bomb threat” Thursday evening at the Orlando International Airport, Orlando police said in a news release.

The release said Fred Gray told an employee that he needed to “get this bag checked in before it explodes.”

Officers separated Gray from his bag and called for K-9 units, police said. Airport authorities said they recognized Gray as a person who had been to the police office earlier in the day to report that his wallet had been stolen.
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St. Lucie Man tells the FBI he’s a very good bomb maker

Fort Pierce got some attention from the FBI on Thursday, Sept. 28 when they assisted St. Lucie County Sheriff’s officers with an arrest.

Charles Baker merited the visit by sending an online note to the FBI claiming to be a “very good bomb maker.” They were not impressed with his self-proclaimed skills. Perhaps if he wrote it like a resumé they would have offered him a job, but he spoiled his chances already…

He also threatened to kill any “fake feds” that come to his home.

In the note he mentioned that he’s needed the FBI for five years, and included a Department of Corrections inmate number. Full Story »

Florida Man brings fake bomb to Reb Lobster “just to make you smile”

red lobster

LARGO, Fla. – A man walked into a Red Lobster claiming to work for the Taliban and have a bomb in his bag.

Largo Police Department received a call from the GM of the Red Lobster at Largo Mall located at 10500 Ulmerton Rd. Thursday afternoon.

According to the GM, a man with a black bag entered the store and told the hostess, “Just to make you smile, I work for the Taliban and I have a bomb in this bag.” Full Story »

Ocala Man conspires to bomb Target stores to make company’s stock plummet

Mark Barnett

OCALA, Fla. – An Ocala man is accused of conspiring to bomb Target stores from New York to Florida in order to cheaply buy stocks.

Federal investigators said Mark Barnett, 48, offered someone $10,000 to put homemade bombs in the stores.

According to a criminal complaint, the unnamed family member received 10 homemade bombs, which were disguised in food packaging, last week and called a probation officer, who called law enforcement

Federal prosecutors said Barnett also provided the confidential source gloves, a mask and a license plate cover.

Investigators said the suspect thought the explosions would make Target stocks plummet, which would let him buy cheap shares that he would sell for a profit once the stock prices rebounded.

Investigators used the person whom Barnett asked to do the job to get more information about Barnett’s plans.

The confidential source used a recording device for the meeting on Tuesday.

When they searched Barnett’s home, they said they found rocket ignitors, M-5000 explosives and battery sources to use for the devices.

Officials said the bombs Barnett built were capable of causing serious injury and property damage.

His neighbor, Patrick Pitter, said Barnett moved in about six months ago and appeared to be a nice, normal guy.

“I’m speechless, really,” Pitter said. “I’m shocked, to say the least.”

Barnett faces a decade in prison on charges of possession of a firearm affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon.

He was already on probation and wearing a court-ordered GPS monitor for a number of felony offenses, including kidnapping, multiple counts of sexual battery with a weapon or force and grand theft.

 

Source: wftv.com