Police Arrest College Park Pipe Bomb Suspect With Help of Bomb Squad

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) – Police made an arrest in connection with a pipe bomb and another hazardous device found in the College Park area over the course of the last four days.

Law enforcement, accompanied by a bomb squad, executed the search warrant of a home in the 9000 block of Rhode Island Avenue, located at the intersection of Blackfoot Place, around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The street was blocked off by police while the search was conducted.

John Frank Jenkins, 28, arrested in conenction with a pipe bomb found in College Park . (Credit: Prince George's County Police)

John Frank Jenkins, 28, arrested in conenction with a pipe bomb found in College Park . (Credit: Prince George’s County Police)

Moments later, John Frank Jenkins, 28, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of manufacture or possession of a destructive device. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

The first device was a pipe bomb that exploded in the 8800 block of 48th Avenue around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, causing minimal damage.

Police found the second item, which is classified as a “hazardous device” pending results of a lab test, located in a parked van in the 5000 block of Edgewood Road around 4 a.m. Friday – about a mile north of the University of Maryland campus.

This device was disrupted by a bomb squad before it went off and rendered safe.

“This investigation involved serious criminal activity that included explosives,” said Deputy Fire Chief Scott Hoglander. “I’m confident we stopped activity that could have resulted in harm to innocent people and property damage.”

An adult female at the residence was also arrested on an unrelated open warrant.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Fire EMS Department Bomb Squad members are briefed before conducting search of a house on Rhode Island Avenue. (Credit: Prince George's County Fire Department)

Fire EMS Department Bomb Squad members are briefed before conducting search of a house on Rhode Island Avenue. (Credit: Prince George’s County Fire Department)

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