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2018-02-13 23:44:04 UTC
Florida Man Arrested In Alleged Target Bomb Plot
NEW YORK (WABC) --
A Florida man is accused in a plot to blow up several Target stores along
the East Coast in an attempt to acquire cheap stock if the company's stock
value plunged after the explosions.
Mark Charles Barnett, 48, was charged in a criminal complaint filed
Thursday with possession of a firearm affecting commerce by a previously
convicted felon, according to the U.S Attorney's Office in Florida's
middle district. Barnett, a registered sex offender in Florida, faces up
to 10 years in prison if convicted.
A team of federal, state and local officials arrested Barnett Tuesday in a
parking lot in Ocala. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he's
still being held. Jail records don't say whether he's hired a lawyer.
According to an affidavit, Barnett offered to pay another man $10,000 to
place at least 10 "improvised explosive bombs" disguised in food-item
packaging on store shelves from New York to Florida.
The criminal complaint said Barnett delivered the items to the other man
on Feb. 9. He also provided a bag of gloves, a mask and a license plate
But the other man went to authorities. He handed over 10 food boxes - for
breakfast bars, stuffing and pasta - that contained black powder bombs,
according to the Ocala Star-Banner.
Special Agent Dewane L. Krueger of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives, told the newspaper that he and other ATF agents
were told last month that Barnett wanted to recruit someone to deliver
packages to multiple locations, including stores in Florida, Virginia and
"The swift work of ATF special agents, explosives enforcement officers and
other specialized violent crime resources foiled this individual's plot
that could have caused great harm to the public," said Daryl McCrary,
special agent in charge of the ATF Tampa Field Division.
The complaint said an explosives expert determined the bombs were capable
of causing property damage, serious injury or death to anyone who was near
the item if it exploded. Federal agents searched Barnett's house in Ocala
and found components consistent with those used to create the explosive
ATF officials said Barnett made statements about the stock market and said
that he planned to make money from his investments. They said his plan was
to buy stock at lower prices and resell it at a profit once prices
rebounded after the explosions.