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Near a January 6th Protest for a Clearwater man arrested last year a man was arrested for carrying pipe bombs.

Oldsmar man has been arrested with bombs on him near a January 6th protest in Clearwater. Celebrating his birthday in county lockup, Smith was arrested for three counts of Make/Possess/Discharge Destructive Device and Loitering and Prowling.

According to detectives, there was a protest outside Pinellas County Justice Center. The protest was for the incarceration of 47-year-old Jeremy Brown. Brown is currently being held in the Pinellas County Jail on federal charges stemming from the January 6, 2021 incident at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. A federal judge ordered Brown held without bond pending trial. Brown is housed at the Pinellas County Jail under a US Marshal Warrant.

Around 7:30, deputies noticed a man dressed in all black with a facemask carrying a black backpack. He was running away from the protest, so police got suspicious of him immediately. When Deputies caught him, they charged him with loitering and began to search his belongings, where they found many explosives. Pinellas Deputies searched the area for more explosives but thankfully didn’t find any. However, a warrant was issued, and they found more when they searched his home. Now, this Oldsmar man was arrested with bombs on him.

Smith’s motive is still unknown.

Pinellas County Sherriff Gualtieri has given a press conference. He believes Smith to be a sleeper agent and not someone associated with anti-conservative groups.

[Source Pinellas County Sherrif’s]

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