Bradenton, Florida -- A homeless man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly told two people he planned to blow up his family and showed them the device he made to do it.
The two citizens went to Bradenton Police after they say Corey Wagoner told them he was having issues with his family and how he was going to harm them. During the conversation, Wagoner opened up his backpack and showed them the device he created to "blow them up".
Officers and detectives searched areas Wagoner was known to hang out at and eventually found him in a home in the 300 block of 12th Avenue West. Detectives found his backpack and immediately noticed the suspicious device protruding from it.
Several surrounding residences were evacuated and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad and the Bradenton Fire Department responded to help evaluate the device. The Bomb Squad removed the device and rendered it safe.
During an interview with police, Wagoner said he made the bomb out of bleach, aluminum, and a battery and planned to blow it up in the back yard. He said a friend sent him the plans online. He also said he didn't remember telling anyone about the bomb in his backpack and that he threatened to use it, but he may have. He added he did remember threatening associates of his that if they didn't have his money or his pillow back to him by 2 p.m., they would be sorry.
Wagoner, 22, was arrested and charged with manufacturing a destructive device and threat to use a destructive device.
The investigation continues and further charges may be added.
Anyone with information with regard to this case is asked to contact Bradenton Police Department Detective John Morningstar at 941-932-9300 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.