Convicted felon jailed after offering person money to put bombs in Target

A Florida man has been arrested after allegedly plotting to place explosive devices inside Target stores along the east coast, beginning in the Syracuse area.

According to the criminal complaint, he was planning on starting in Syracuse and working his way down to Florida.

Investigators said the suspect thought the explosions would make Target stocks plummet, which would let him buy cheap shares. An expert determined they could cause property damage, serious injury and even death if they were to go off.

Barnett faces a decade in prison on charges of possession of a firearm affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon.

It is unclear which Syracuse-area Target was the intended store for the explosives.

He paid a man $10,000 to place the bombs on shelves, the complaint said. He is now being held at the Marion County Jail in Florida on state charges of violating the terms of his probation.

Federal agents raided Barnett's Ocala home and found components that could be used to create the explosive devices given to the confidential source.

"The cooperation between the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies involved in this case was instrumental to quickly identifying this individual and resolving any potential threat to the public", said Charles Spencer, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division.

The plan was ruined, however, when the man later surrendered the devices to police and turned Barnett in.

According to ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Barrett was already on probation and wearing a court-ordered Global Positioning System monitor for a number of felony offenses, including kidnapping, multiple counts of sexual battery with a weapon or force and grand theft.



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