Man accused of making pipe bomb
BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge arrested a Port Allen man after they said he tried to blow up a relative's truck with a pipe bomb this weekend.
Officers charged Robert Roberts, 54, with arson and manufacturing an explosive device after his arrest Sunday.
Investigators said a witness saw Roberts stick the pipe bomb in the neck of the gas tank of a truck parked on Blount Road. Police said Roberts was also seen sticking rags into the gas tank and lighting them on fire, as well as putting a filled gas can in the back of the pickup.
Police said the truck's owner came out when he heard the disturbance outside and put out the flames. The owner told investigators he recognized Roberts, who was related to him by marriage.
BRPD bomb technicians said the pipe bomb had a partially-burned fuse in it. Had it worked as intended, authorities said it could have seriously hurt or killed someone.
Roberts was booked into the parish prison and given a $50,000 bond.
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