Bombing suspect arrested
A bombing suspect was arrested Sunday evening after a suspicious package was left at an Ocala apartment complex.
The package, which was 4 inches by 7 inches, was left at Paradise Apartments, located on the 1900 block of S.W. 31st Ave.
The resident brought the package inside and attempted to open it. Once determining it was suspicious, she threw the package into the bushes outside and left her home. The female resident returned home at about 4 a.m. and notified the Ocala Police Department.
As an officer later approached the package, it detonated. However, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad said the package did not fully detonate, and no officers were injured, according to Sgt. Angy Scroble, Ocala Police Department spokeswoman.
The Ocala Police Department arrested 38-year-old Ocala resident Timothy John Gross on Sunday in connection with the case. Gross was charged with one count of attempted felony homicide and one count of making or placing a destructive device.
Scroble said Gross was angry because the victim was interfering with the relationship he had with his girlfriend.
Gross was taken to Marion County Jail without bond.
Anyone with information on this case may call Lt. Mike Balken of the Ocala Police Department Major Crimes Section at 352-369-7150. Informants who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 352-368-7867 or go to www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.
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