Tampa mom accused of building bomb inside busy Walmart remains in jail, security guard hailed hero | WFLA: Tampa mom, Emily Stallard, is still behind bars after a quick-thinking security guard stopped her from setting off a homemade bomb in Walmart on Saturday, according to deputies.
Arrest documents show she was seconds from lighting the bomb’s wick, made from a shoelace. And, what’s worse, detectives tell 8 on your Side, the mom had her son with her.
It happened Saturday evening when the 37-year-old was wandering the aisles aimlessly for more than an hour, documents show. The report also says Stallard was collecting odd items in her grocery cart, including mason jars, nails and denatured alcohol.
Deputies say she began opening the items, then stopped in an aisle to craft a homemade bomb, all with her young son at her side.
Thanks to that alert Walmart security guard and an off-duty FWC officer, she was stopped just in the nick of time before lighting the match.
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