The Delaware State Police arrested 20-year-old, Brandon Thompson, of Delmar, Delaware, for threatening people with a hand grenade early Tuesday morning in Laurel.
On September 26, 2023, at approximately 1:12 a.m., troopers were called to Royal Farms located at 30983 Sussex Highway in Laurel for reports of a man pacing in front of the store with a suspicious object in his pocket. Officers from the Laurel Police Department located the suspect at a business across the street from the Royal Farms. The suspect, identified as Brandon Thompson, was taken into custody without incident. Troopers searched Thompson and recovered a grenade and a knife from his pockets.
During the investigation, troopers discovered Thompson had been at Royal Farms with a group of friends several hours earlier. At that time, a Royal Farms employee overheard Thompson threatening to blow himself and a woman in the group up. Employees were concerned for their safety when Thompson returned to the store hours later and began pacing out front with a suspicious object in his pocket. Through investigative means, troopers identified the woman from earlier as Thompson’s girlfriend and learned Thompson made several additional threats after leaving Royal Farms to blow up and stab his group of friends if they came looking for him.
Members of the Delaware State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team responded to the scene and secured the grenade. The grenade was discovered to be a training grenade that had been modified, similar to a pipe bomb.
Thompson was taken to Troop 5, where he was charged with the following crimes:
- Possession of a Destructive Weapon (Felony)
- Terroristic Threatening – 3 counts
- Disorderly Conduct
Thompson was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $9,100 cash bond.
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