[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 02/08/21]
LEESBURG, Florida — A man who was spotted swinging a samurai sword and later found with a homemade bomb in October was picked up on an arrest warrant Friday for possessing the bomb, according to an arrest affidavit.
On Oct. 17, Leesburg Police responded to Stinson Street in reference to a man walking down the street swinging a sword, according to a probable cause affidavit. LPD found David Alan King, 34, walking near the intersection of Nebraska Street and Alabama Avenue with a samurai sword in his left hand and a long knife attached to his hip. The sword and knife were taken into evidence and King was detained under a Baker Act, and searched before being transported to LifeStream, according to the affidavit.
During the search of King, who is listed as homeless, police found a small explosive device in his left pocket. The device was approximately four inches long, wrapped in electrical tape with a small piece of paracord sticking out like a fuse, the affidavit states, and the bottom was made of clear plastic filled with BB pellets. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded to the scene and took possession of the device. An LCSO sergeant told LPD it was “definitely a destructive device,“ made of gunpowder, pellets and a fuse. The sergeant told LPD, the bomb only needed an ignition source and had it been ignited, someone could have been seriously injured and possibly killed by the device.
A warrant was issued for King’s arrest on Feb. 2 and he was picked up on a warrant for possession of a destructive device Friday and transported to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $5,000 bond.
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