Up-to-date at 5:47 p.m. July 23: Revised through to contain further specifics from an arrest-warrant affidavit.
A man with a pretend explosive device strapped to his physique experimented with to steal two automobiles exterior an Old East Dallas office environment creating right before producing a bomb scare, law enforcement said.
Marquis Allen, 29, was arrested Thursday on two counts of aggravated robbery and one particular depend of hoax bombs. He did not have an lawyer shown in courtroom information.
About 5:30 p.m. Thursday, police have been notified of a disturbance in the parking large amount of an business building in the 4100 block of the northbound North Central Expressway company road.
When officers arrived, a security officer was holding down a male matching a description of the suspect in the foyer. An officer handcuffed the man — afterwards recognized as Allen — then felt a bulge in the vicinity of his tummy although frisking him, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit.
The officer pulled up Allen’s shirt and noticed what appeared like an explosive machine, 4 pink cylinders taped alongside one another, along with multicolored wires, the affidavit says.
The officer backed absent from Allen and told folks to evacuate the setting up.
Though law enforcement waited for the department’s bomb squad to get there, Allen informed officers that he and an Army buddy had developed the selfmade gadget and that he didn’t know what its blast radius was, asking them, “Do you want to come across out?” the affidavit states.
The bomb squad established that the product was fake and arrested Allen. He was taken to a medical center for evaluation right before staying booked into the Dallas County jail.
In the meantime, police spoke to the owners of two motor vehicles they mentioned Allen tried to steal shortly ahead of the bomb scare.
One particular guy instructed authorities that he and yet another man or woman had been in the parking large amount when Allen approached them, lifting his shirt to show the faux bomb and telling them he required the motor vehicle, in accordance to the affidavit. Allen experimented with to open the driver’s doorway, the affidavit says, but they were being equipped to generate off when a further gentleman approached Allen.
That man informed police that he noticed Allen harassing the other individuals and instructed him to end, but when he turned and commenced strolling away Allen tackled him, strike him with a rock and took his car keys.
Allen utilised the rock to smash the man’s automobile window, in spite of acquiring the keys, the affidavit says, and then attempted to push off. But he couldn’t place the vehicle in reverse since of a transmission difficulty. Allen then acquired out of the auto and tried out to get into the workplace creating. The guy instructed law enforcement he then grabbed a pellet gun from his vehicle in an endeavor to end Allen.
Allen remained in custody Friday, with bail established at $110,000.