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Man in jail for bomb hoax
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Posted: 2013 Nov 15 - 06:39

By Jessica Creagan


INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Last week, a 911 phone call about a bomb turned out to be a fake and a Vero Beach man was arrested and booked into Indian River County Jail.

Randolph Troy Smith, 51, 157 21st Ave., Vero Beach, was arrested on Nov. 7 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, planting a hoax bomb and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence.

His bond is set at $11,000, and at press time, it had not been posted.

According to a report from the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, Mr. Smith's wife saw a strange looking device with a pipe on the kitchen counter and there were handwritten notes next to it insinuating the device was an explosive.

Law enforcement was informed that the couple was going through a divorce and Mr. Smith sometimes carries weapons.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office bomb squad was dispatched and the residence was cleared. The bomb squad determined the device was a hoax and did not contain any explosives, a press release said.

Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputies searched for Mr. Smith. When they found him, he initially resisted law enforcement orders. During questioning, Mr. Smith said he left the fake bomb and the notes because he was angry with his wife.

For more information about the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, visit www.ircsheriff.org or www.facebook.com/ircsheriff.

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