College Park explosive device found for second time in one week

Friday's device was found inside a van outside an Edgewood Road home. Photo: Brad Bell

A second explosive device in the span of a week was found and defused in College Park early Friday morning, fire officials say, and a suspect has been arrested.

Prince George's County Fire spokesman Mark Brady says that this latest device was discovered in the 5000 block of Edgewood Road on Friday morning.

Authorities arrested John Frank Jenkins in connection with the incident. He is charged with two counts of manufacturing or possessing a destructive device.

Several homes in the area were evacuated while the bomb squad worked to mitigate the situation.

Officials say the Bomb Squad was able to render the device safe, but an investigation is ongoing. The bomb was discovered during the execution of a search warrant on a suspect's home and was found in a van.

A man who lives in the home was at first reluctant to speak. But then he said the van is his and his son was being questioned.

“All I can tell you is my son is helping with an investigation and a bomb was planted in this vehicle last night,” he says.

On Tuesday, authorities found a similar device in the 8800 block of 48th Avenue in College Park. That device was also secured, and ABC7's Brad Bell reports that the device found Tuesday and this morning's discovery are related.

In that incident, officials say a pipe bomb was thrown onto the porch of a home.