Florida: Suspect Constructs, Attempts to Ignite IID in Store

TRIPwire, 14 January 2020

On 11 January 2020, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 37-year-old Tampa woman for constructing and attempting to ignite an improvised incendiary device (IID) inside a big-box retailer with her child present. A store security guard alerted an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer when the suspect exhibited suspicious behavior, including wandering around the store for approximately one hour, opening items such as nails, a mason jar, and denatured alcohol. The two men stopped the suspect just before she was able to light the IID, which was described as a “candle built into a jar that had nails and alcohol inside.” The suspect was arrested on charges of attempted arson of a structure, fire bombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse, and battery on a law enforcement officer.