September 18, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856
Three men arrested for setting homemade bomb in McDonald's
Polk County Sheriff's Deputies arrested three
men, two of whom are active duty military, early this morning, Saturday,
September 18, 2004, after it was discovered they had manufactured and
planted a destructive device in the McDonald's restaurant located at
6330 US Hwy 98 North in Lakeland.
Around 10:45 p.m. last night, the three suspects placed the device,
which they'd constructed out of a plastic soda bottle containing
aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner (commonly known as an "acid
bomb"), inside the restaurant near the restrooms, where it exploded.
Although the device was in close proximity to customers, nobody was
injured and there was no substantial property damage.
The three suspects were captured on video surveillance equipment and
were identified and taken into custody without incident around 5:00 a.m.
Pedro Luis Garza
Joshua Ryan Hackey
Nathaniel John Hackey
PEDRO LUIS GARZA, 19 yrs. old (DOB
01-22-85), of 5430 Tillman Rd., Lakeland, FL.
JOSHUA RYAN HACKEY, 19 yrs. old (DOB
10-11-84), of 8459 Tom Costine Rd., Lakeland, FL. He is currently
enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard.
NATHANIEL JOHN HACKEY, 21 yrs. old (DOB 07-05-83), enlisted in the U.S.
Army, stationed with Charlie Company, 782nd MSB Battalion (82nd
Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC.
All three have been charged with Making/Discharging a Destructive Device
and remain in the Polk County Jail under no bond. Deputies are
conducting an ongoing investigation in cooperation with the Fire Marshal
into this matter.