Maryland Man Arrested In 'Bottle Bomb'
Attack At Movie Theater
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[June 02, 2014]
By John M. Clarke
Annapolis Maryland (Reuters) - A Maryland
man suspected in a spate of "bottle bomb" incidents at movie theaters in
the Washington, D.C., area has been arrested and charged with tossing an
improvised explosive device into a cinema last month, officials said on
Manuel Joyner, 20, has been charged with manufacturing, possessing
and detonating a destructive device in a Largo, Maryland, movie
theater on May 24, Prince George's County Fire officials said in a
statement. The theater was cleared after the incident and there were
"Movie theater patrons around the region can breathe a sigh of
relief as a suspect has been identified and arrested for using
'bottle-bombs,'" said a statement from Prince George's County
Joyner is considered a suspect in multiple incidents at AMC theaters
across the region in recent weeks, the statement said.
No one was seriously injured in any of the explosions. In one
incident two weeks ago, two homemade bottle bombs exploded in a
movie theater in McLean, Virginia, sending more than 2,000
frightened audience members scrambling for the exits.
Federal bomb experts were helping investigate the incidents, a
spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives said last week. The devices are usually made with the
explosive mixture of baking soda and vinegar in a bottle, the
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Joyner was arrested without incident at his home in the Washington
suburb of Bowie, Maryland, late on Saturday.
The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison if
he is found guilty.
A spokesman for AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc, which had offered a
$25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, issued a
statement thanking local and federal law enforcement.
(Editing by Edith Honan and Mohammad Zargham)
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