Date: September 18, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

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. this morning.

Arrested were:

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.


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