MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Movie theater patrons around the region can breathe a sigh of relief as a suspect has been identified and arrested for using "bottle-bombs." A multi-agency investigation has led to the arrest of a 20-year old Bowie man that has been charged with Manufacture/Possession/Detonation of a Destructive Device in connection with the Prince George's County incident that occurred early morning May 24, 2014 in Largo. This is a Felony charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail if found guilty.
The subject is considered a suspect in multiple movie theater "bottle-bomb" incidents across the region over the past weeks.
Manuel Joyner, 20 years of age, was arrested by officials from the Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal (Fire/EMS Department) with assistance from the County Police. The charges are in connection with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was detonated at Magic Johnson Movie Theatre on May 24, 2014.
Shortly after the arrest on Satuday, 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, Anne Arundel County Fire Marshal and County Police, Fairfax County Fire Marshal, City of Alexandria Fire Marshal and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal, executed a search warrant at a home in the 600 block of Stillwater Place, Bowie, Maryland. In addition to those that assisted in the search local jurisdictions Police Department assisted during this investigation.
Additional charges against Joyner are forthcoming not only from Prince George's County, but from other agencies and jurisdictions as well.
A joint press conference will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014. Representatives from all agencies involved will be invited to participate. The time and location are to be determined and will be announced on Twitter at @PGFDPIO.