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Police Charge Suspect in 'Bottle Bomb' Movie Theater Incidents

AMC Tyson's Corner 16 was evacuated twice in one week at midnight movies.

Manuel Joyner, 20, of Bowie has been charged with building and detonating a bottle bomb inside a Largo movie theater. Credit: Prince George's County Fire Department
Manuel Joyner, 20, of Bowie has been charged with building and detonating a bottle bomb inside a Largo movie theater. Credit: Prince George's County Fire Department
By Deb Belt and Mary Ann Barton

Police arrested a Bowie, Md. man Saturday in connection with the "bottle-bombs" detonated in several area movie theaters, most recently in AMC theaters in Tyson's Corner and Largo, Md. according to Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George’s County, Md. Fire Department.

Police arrested Manuel Joyner, 20, Saturday and charged him with the manufacture/possession/detonation of a destructive device that ignited May 24 at the Magic Johnson Movie Theatre in Largo.  The charge is a felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail if Joyner is found guilty.

Joyner is considered a suspect in multiple movie theater "bottle-bomb" incidents across the region over the past weeks, Brady said.

A bottle bomb was set off at AMC Magic Johnson less than an hour after an explosion at AMC Tysons Corner overnight on May 24, reports WNEW. Just one week before, two bottle bombs exploded at the Tyson's Corner theater, prompting the evacuation of more than 300 moviegoers.

Officers from multiple agencies worked together to investigate the bottle bombs, including the Prince George's County Office of the Fire Marshal, 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.

Members of the task force searched a home in the 600 block of Stillwater Place in Bowie on Saturday after Joyner’s arrest.

Additional charges against Joyner are forthcoming not only from Prince George's County, but from other agencies and jurisdictions, according to Brady.

Timeline

#1: Saturday, April 5, 1:15 a.m.: AMC Hoffman Center 22, 206 Swamp Fox Road, in Alexandria, Va.
#2. Sunday, May 18, before 1 a.m.: AMC Tyson's Corner 16, McLean, Va. About 2,000 people were evacuated from all 16 theaters.
#3. Sunday, May 25, 1:40 a.m.: AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center 12 in Largo, Md.
#4. Sunday, May 25, 2:15 a.m.: AMC Tyson's Corner 16, McLean, Va. 

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julie.paradiso June 01, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Glad they have a suspect...but wondering how this guy could have placed bombs in Largo and Tysons during the same early morning time period on May 25th...they are at least a 40 minute drive apart
Mary Ann Barton June 01, 2014 at 11:54 PM
Thanks for your observation Julie; we'll try to see what police have to stay about it.
Jeff Price June 05, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Not much traffic at 2:00 AM.

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