(May 21, 2015)- Last night, May 20, 2015, around 6;15 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to the 4500 block of NW 27th street on a suspicious package call.
Officers made contact with Elmon Burton, who stated that he found what he believed to be pipe bombs located in a golf bag that he was given as a gift a couple of months ago. The golf bag used to belong to a friend of Burton's, Ronald Torres, who is now deceased. Mr. Burton was examining the bag for the first time the day before (May 19, 2015) when he found several PVC pipes with end-caps and what appeared to be fuses coming from the center of the pipe inside of the bag.
Burton contacted a Lee County Sheriff Office deputy that lives in the neighborhood. Lee County Sheriff's Office immediately contacted Cape Coral Police Communications. Elmon Burton placed the bag in an open field across the street from his house.
Cape Coral Police officers responded and set up a perimeter, blocking off any entry near the vacant lot where the golf bag was left. The Lee County Bomb Squad arrived and confirmed that nine (9) devices in the bag were in fact live pipe bombs. Incident Command System was activated and a command post was established with the Fire Department and EMS standing by and a staging area for the media.
The investigation revealed that the person that owned the golf bag, who is now deceased, suffered from paranoia and most likely made the pipe bombs prior to his death.
The Bomb Squad detonated the pipe bombs without incident.
Cape Coral Police Detectives responded to interview the family members who gifted the golf bag to Elmon Burton. Carmen Arguello, the daughter of Teodra Torres, stated that the golf bag belonged to her deceased father, Ronald Torres, and they were unaware of any explosive devices that were found in the bag. Both Detectives also cleared the residence of Mr. Torres and Mrs. Torres and confirmed no other bombs were inside the home.
CCPD Forensics responded and took digital photographs of the scene.
"We want to thank the Cape Coral Fire Department, Lee County EMS, and the Lee County Bomb Squad for their assistance in this case. Investigations like this can be long and by their very nature dangerous. It was a great team effort that brought this to a safe resolution with minimal disruption to the affected neighborhood."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.
Link to the initial Police Report: Police Report for CR# 15-008318
Link to download 9-1-1 call audio: 9-1-1 call audio for CR# 15-008318
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