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College Park man arrested following weeklong bomb investigation

Friday - 12/21/2012, 5:43pm  ET

Three incidents are all related

WTOP's Kate Ryan

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UPDATE - Friday, 12/21/2012, 5:13 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Prince George's County police have arrested a man after a possible homemade bomb was found in College Park and neutralized.

John Frank Jenkins, 28, of the 9000 block of Rhode Island Avenue, faces two counts of manufacture or possession of a destructive device, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 Years and/or a fine of $250,000.

Investigators searched Jenkins' home about 10:30 a.m. but no additional devices were discovered, according to a Prince George's fire department news release.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says authorities found a device early Friday morning in a van parked in the 5000 block of Edgewood Road, about a mile north of the University of Maryland campus. He says it appeared to have all the components necessary to explode.

The department's bomb squad disabled the device and it has been sent to be examined at a forensics lab, the department said.

Tuesday, a small pipe bomb exploded on the porch of a home about a mile and a half from where the device was found Friday. Brady says it's possible the incidents are related.

No injuries have been reported related to the explosive devices.

UPDATE - Friday, 12/21/2012, 12:56 p.m.

Authorities investigated a third home on the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and Blackfoot Drive in College Park.

The bomb squad on the scene did not find a device in the home, but police say all three incidents are related.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Friday, 12/21/2012, 12:52 p.m. - Prince George's County fire officials say a bomb squad has neutralized a possible homemade bomb in College Park.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says authorities found the device early Friday morning on Edgewood Road, about a mile north of the University of Maryland campus. He says it appeared to have all the components necessary to explode.

Brady says an ongoing investigation led authorities to the location. Earlier this week, a small pipe bomb exploded on the porch of a home about a mile and a half from where the device was found Friday.

It is possible the incidents are related, according to Brady. He says he's not aware of any specific threats associated with the device.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are helping with the investigation.

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