Police arrest suspected bottle bomber

The man believed to be behind bottle bomb incidents at several regional movie theaters, including Arundel Mills, was arrested by  Prince George’s County police Saturday, officials confirm.

Manuel Joyner, 20 of Bowie is facing up to 25 years in prison for felony charges including manufacture and detonation of a destructive device in connection with a Prince George's County incident that occurred May 24, 2014 in Largo.

"He seemed like a quiet young man, didn't really seem to get into any mischief," said Michael King, Joyner's neighbor.  "You just never know sometimes with your neighbors," he said.    

The multi-agency investigation will include charges from additional jurisdictions, including Anne Arundel County, where Joyner is suspected of setting off a bottle bomb in the 8:30 showing of “300 Rise of the Empire”  at the Cinemark Theater at Arundel Mills on March 8. 

No one was hurt in the incident, but it rattled nerves as movie goers were forced to evacuate due to what initially was thought to be gun shots.

"If someone was holding a bottle bomb when it detonated, certainly you could damage your hand quite severely by loss of fingers or loss of your hand.  Being near it, you might be sprayed by the contents of it," said Mark Brady, spokesman, Prince George's Co. Fire Dept.

Shortly after the arrest on Saturday, May 31, 2014, investigators from the Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal, joined by the Prince George's County Police, ATF, FBI, and additional fire and police departments in Maryland and Virginia, executed a search warrant at a home in the 600 block of Stillwater Place, Bowie, Maryland. 

Joyner is being held on a $50,000,000 bond, according to Brady.  

Investigators will hold a joint press conference on Monday at 1:30 to provide additional details about the arrest.

 


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