A Florida woman is facing a litany of charges after she tried to make a makeshift explosive device from materials found inside the store. Her plans were foiled thanks to the due diligence of a security guard and an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer. It has been suggested by the woman’s landlord that she was mentally ill.
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Emily Stallard was walking around a Florida Walmart Saturday evening with her small child when she caught the attention of a Walmart security guard. After following Stallard for a short while he noticed, she had a box filled with unpaid items such as flammable materials, projectiles and matches, The Washington Post reported.
Concerned for the safety of everyone inside the store, the security guard called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to report the suspicious items. While the security guard waited for the officers, he noticed an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer in the store.
After explaining the situation, the off-duty officer helped tracked down the lady inside the store. As they approached her, the two noticed she had pulled out a wick from her shoe and was in the process of lighting it.
The two took quick action before she was able to successfully blow up her homemade bomb, which could have injured a large number of people. “This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal,” Sheriff Chad Chronister told CNN.
He went on to commend the two vigilant men that stopped the potentially deadly situation. “Had it not been for an alert off-duty law enforcement officer and a watchful security staff at Walmart, she may have followed through with her plans to cause an explosion inside the store.”
Along with being arrested and charged with attempted arson of a structure, firebombing and battery on a law enforcement officer, Stallard was also charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor as her child was with her in the store as she assembled the bomb.
Stallard is being held on $8,500 bond. The landlord of the woman spoke with Fox 13 Tampa where he claimed he has suspicions that Stallard may be mentally ill. Check it out in the video below.