Bomb Suspect Nabbed

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 9:27am

Colorado police arrest man suspected of planting pipe bombs in mall.

The man suspected of leaving pipe bombs in a Colorado mall is in police custody.

Earl Albert Moore was captured Tuesday morning in a Boulder grocery store after store patrons recognized him and called 911.

Moore was sitting inside the Starbucks inside the store around 7:22 a.m. when a shopper alerted a manager to a person matching the attempted bomber's description.

The shopper left the store and called 911, and two officers in separate cars showed up.

The manager pointed out the suspect to the officer.

When the suspect started to leave store, another officer outside saw Moore leaving and pulled in front of him in his police car.

The officer ordered Moore to the ground, handcuffed him and arrested without having to draw his gun.

"He was considered a dangerous individual. As we exited our vehicle, we're in that posture of we're putting our hands back on our gun. But he complied really quickly and readily that I didn't need to take any further action. We frisked him for weapons, he didn't have any; we placed him in the handcuffs," Officer Steve Cast said.

Several officers and detectives from the Boulder Police Department searched the King Soopers strip mall area to make sure the area was clear.

There was nothing suspicious found.

Moore was taken to the Jefferson County Jail in Golden.

He will make his first court appearance Wednesday.

The FBI was searching nationwide for 65-year-old Moore in connection with the attempted bombing of the mall on April 20.

Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink says there is no connection between the attempted bombing and any Jefferson County School.

The attempted bombing happened on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.


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