Florida man arrested for allegedly placing bomb at veterans hospital
By LUKE BARR
Jun 5, 2019
A man in Florida was arrested for allegedly placing an improvised electronic device (IED) outside of a Veterans Administration hospital in Bay Pines.
Mark Edward Allen, 60, allegedly made the explosive device found at the hospital, as well as an IED found at a home in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to court documents. He made his initial court appearance on Tuesday.
Allen is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device.
Tampa police found the IED at the hospital on May 29. Later, Allen’s wife later called the St. Petersburg police and told them that her husband had made a bomb. While he was sleeping, she drove the IED to a friend’s house because she was "scared,” according to court documents.
Allen, a U.S. Army veteran, was captured on surveillance video allegedly placing the IED at the hospital, prosecutors say.
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