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Police: Man confessed to 6 movie theater bottle bombings

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 20-year-old Bowie man has been arrested for manufacturing and using bottle bombs at Prince George's County and Fairfax County movie theaters.

Police say Manual Joyner confessed to six bottle bombings at movie theaters in the metro area. He was arrested Saturday in the Bowie area outside a Home Depot where he worked.

Police say he set off bottle bombs in Tysons, Alexandria, Silver Spring, Largo and at Arundel Mills Mall. They say cell phone records trace him to some of the locations. They also say records on the Fandango website show he was the only person to purchase tickets for all the shows.

Joyner is charged with Manufacture/Possession/Detonation of a Destructive Device in connection with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was detonated at the Magic Johnson Movie Theater on May 24.

According to charging documents, Joyner, purchased tickets on Fandango to all of the theaters on the exact nights of the incidents.

He is being held on a no bond status. Bail had originally been set at $50 million, but was raised to no bond during a bond review hearing Monday.

Two bottle bomb devices were detonated at the Tyson's Corner AMC theater over the span of a week in May. Joyner faces nine charges in Fairfax County in connection to these incidents.

Officials say Brisk bottles were among those used in the bottle bomb incidents, and that Joyner "likes" Brisk on Facebook.


Prince George's County fire spokesman Mark Brady says five jurisdictions are involved in the investigation including Prince George's County, Fairfax County, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County and the City of Alexandria.

Anne Arundel County police have released surveillance video (http://youtu.be/zWs6LP1gfbo) they believe is the suspect at Cinemark Arundel Mills in March.

See the charging documents here: http://on.wusa9.com/1hrM3XO

He says Joyner may have been involved in as many as seven incidents. They include an explosion of some kind at the Movie Theatre at Arundel Mills on March 8 and two bottle bomb devices that were detonated at the Tyson's Corner AMC over the span of a week in May.


A person who answered the phone at Joyner's home on Sunday said she was unaware of the arrest.

He faces a maximum of 25 years in jail if convicted on the Prince George's charges, but he facing a total of 17 felonies now. All the counts together could put him away for much longer.