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2 injured in explosion of homemade bomb

Posted May 1, 2008
Updated May 2, 2008

— Two men were arrested Wednesday after their homemade bomb exploded prematurely, injuring both, authorities said.

Acting on an anonymous tip, Sampson County deputies found a Chevrolet minivan outside Sampson Regional Medical Center with a side window blown out and blast marks on the outside of a door, authorities said.

Inside the hospital emergency room, Martin Bryant Boyette and Julio Frentez Morales were receiving treatment for injuries from a bomb blast, authorities said. An investigation determined that the pair had made several bombs at Boyette's house, where both lived, and Morales tried to throw one out the window of the minivan on U.S. Highway 701 as they drove past Hobbton Schools, authorities said.

The bomb went off in Morales' hand, seriously injuring him, and a piece of shrapnel hit Boyette in the back of the head, authorities said.

"It's scary to think that these individuals were going to throw an explosive device out of a vehicle in front of a school," Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in a statement. "What were they thinking? What possible thrill could be worth potentially injuring an innocent person, especially a child?"

The State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in to assist with the case. ATF agents searched the minivan and determined no other bombs were inside, authorities said.

A pipe bomb was found during a search of the house, and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded to disarm it, authorities said.

Boyette, 34, of 1681 Keener Road, Clinton, and Morales, 25, of the same address, were each charged with one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Boyette was being held in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $35,000 bond, while Morales had been released on bond.

The owner of the minivan, Lisa Ann Mooring, 35, who also lived at the Keener Road house, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after deputies found 2 grams of methamphetamine while interviewing her during their investigation of the bomb explosion. She was being held in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.

The investigation also determined a third man was involved in the incident, and a search of another home turned up 1 gram of methamphetamine, authorities said. Allen Tart Bass, 38, of 307 Carr Church Road in Clinton, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and was being held in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.

The ATF is investigating the case for possible federal charges, authorities said.


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  • Shipshape May 2, 2008

    bombs that kill children=35,000.00
    drugs to kill themselves=50,000.00 treated, arrested bond out and set free crazy.
    legal service system= priceless.............(LOL)... it's really not funny but I have to laugh to keep from crying. I'ts sad that the world is beginning to be just as the BIBLE say."War,kids fighting their parents, nation against nation(s) sad sad sad...

  • celong May 2, 2008

    Weapon of mass destruction 35,000 and 2g of meth 200,000. Sounds a bit out of whack to me. Both should be 200,000

  • matyler May 2, 2008

    So... I am also frustrated that the bond for possession of a weapon of mass destruction is so low but, once they determine whether or not the two made the bomb, it could be higher. Also, if you lived in Sampson County, like I do, you might have a better idea of how big of a deal meth is in our area. Also, it's very possible these two (the ones with meth charges) have previous charges against them. Also, because of the area and the history of meth labs etc. in Sampson County, I think it's a good idea to have a high bond for meth. That way, they're less likely to be released and the authorities have an easier time of determining whether or not they are involved in making or selling meth. I agree the bond for the bomb should be higher, but the one for meth should not be lower!

  • nonemeant May 2, 2008

    This poor child is under $200,000 for methampetamine possession while the bomb makers are given 50,000 dollar bond and one is free to wander our streets, roads and highways or better yet go back home and make better and bigger bombs. What is wrong with this picture??

  • AtALost May 1, 2008

    It seems much of our so-called justice system is about getting votes to get elected. Someone probably campaigned about being tough on drugs and having bonds increased. I could understand if they caught the person under the influence while driving. However, just making a bomb should get you a higher bond than $35K. Attempting to throw it out a window anywhere should be $1M. But I'm learning that government works on the salary plus perks system. Unless lobbyist offer up perks, lawmakers don't do anything extra.

  • howdiditgettothis May 1, 2008

    One of these bombers is already back out on the street.

    That's justice USA style.

    Don't worry - if they were in another country, we'd spend millions hunting them down.

    After all, they didn't really hurt anyone (this time) -- but themselves.

  • hooligan May 1, 2008

    exile them to the mother land, england. yes england

  • NC_Pilot May 1, 2008

    Exile them to england?

  • mramorak May 1, 2008

    wral , some of these comments are worse than mine.it just depends on who we are talking about.you guys are so biased.

  • whatelseisnew May 1, 2008

    Maybe they are tired of something.