Florida Man Attempts To Bomb Target Stores

Brittney Baker, Staff Reporter

On February 6th 2017, a Florida resident by the name of Mark Charles Barnett, male, age 46, was charged  with “Possession of a firearm” (destructive device). Law enforcement officials allege he had created as many as ten homemade bombs that he was planning to use to blow shelves up in multiple Target stores in Florida, New York, and Virginia

This was apparently part of a plot to lower the prices of Target’s stock, share which were trading at around $65.20.  Whether the man intended to buy cheaper stock or just wanted to harm the company is unknown.

Barnett disguised the explosives in empty boxes of normal everyday food items like, stuffing mix, breakfast bars, and pasta. In order to get the job done Barnett “hired” an individual  whom NBC News and ABC News Radio refer to simply as “him” as a [Confidential source] for $10,000 to carry out the act.

It is unclear at press time if any money actually changed hands.

This however failed miserably when the [Confidential source] turned Barnett in after being told to “Not let them bounce around or they will explode.” The CI was also given a mask, gloves, and a licence plate cover to “hide his identity from local authorities.”

During the time of this plot, Barnett was already on probation and wearing a court ordered GPS monitor for his multiple felony offenses. These include kidnapping, sexual battery on multiple counts with a weapon or force, and grand theft.

After FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement ) was contacted, an investigation was put into place and an explosives expert determined that “the explosives were capable of causing property damage, serious injury, and if in close range, death.”

According to communications between Barnett and his chosen Target employee, the devices “will only take your hand off.”

No explosive devices ever actually made it into any Target locations.

The Federal agents who searched Barnett’s house said that “The components [found in] the house consisted of things used to create homemade explosive devices.” This includes rocket igniters, M-5000 explosives, and battery sources.

If Barnett is convicted of the current crime he will face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. This doesn’t include additional time he will have to serve for violating his probation.  He is being held without bail in Marion County Jail, Florida, on state charges while the prosecutor gets the case together.