Tue. Jan 21st, 2020

Sheriff’s officials say a 37-year-old woman faces multiple charges after she tried to build an explosive device inside a Tampa Walmart store.Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials say Emily Stallard is charged with attempted arson of a structure, fire bombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and battery on an officer. She had a child with her in the store. A security guard at the store noticed Stallard opening unpaid items, including flammable materials, projectiles and matches as she roamed through the store for more than an hour, an arrest report said. She had a child with her in the store, an arrest report said.The security guard called the sheriff’s office and also notified a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer who happened to be in the store at the time. The two men stopped Stallard just before she lit a wick, according to the report.Investigators said Stallard spit at deputies as she was being loaded into a patrol car.“This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal. 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,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release.Stallard remained in the Hillsborough County Jail on Tuesday. An attorney is not listed on jail records.

TAMPA, Fla. —

Sheriff’s officials say a 37-year-old woman faces multiple charges after she tried to build an explosive device inside a Tampa Walmart store.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials say Emily Stallard is charged with attempted arson of a structure, fire bombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and battery on an officer. She had a child with her in the store.

A security guard at the store noticed Stallard opening unpaid items, including flammable materials, projectiles and matches as she roamed through the store for more than an hour, an arrest report said. She had a child with her in the store, an arrest report said.

The security guard called the sheriff’s office and also notified a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer who happened to be in the store at the time. The two men stopped Stallard just before she lit a wick, according to the report.

Investigators said Stallard spit at deputies as she was being loaded into a patrol car.

“This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal. 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

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