Officers: Man, wanted in explosion at Porter motel, found drunk on side of road in San Jacinto County
PORTER, Texas — Following a small explosion inside the parking lot of a Palace Inn Monday night in Porter, investigators have arrested thier main suspect after the man was found allegedly drunk and passed out on the side of the road in San Jacinto County hours later, authorities said.
According to the person who reported the explosion, a man came to the motel’s parking lot holding a shoe around 6 p.m. The suspect then asked the witness if he wanted to see something cool, at which time the man ignited what appeared to be a fuse on the shoe and then sat the shoe down.
The witness then saw the shoe explode causing a loud boom and debris to fly across the parking lot. There were several children and adults on location when the explosion occurred, including a 10-year-old boy who complained of numbness to his face and ringing in his ears. No other injuries were reported.
The suspect then got into a blue 2004 Lexus SUV and then drove off before cops could arrive, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.
Charles Douglas Bond, 57, was later identified as the suspect. He was listed as a guest at the motel.
The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office took Bond into custody on public intoxication charges a few hours laters after a firefighter found him laying unresponsive in his car. While inspecting Bond’s vehicle, investigators found fireworks and the sole of a tennis shoe.
Bond later confessed to placing a motor-style explosive into the shoe and detonating it before leaving the motel, according to the sheriff’s office. He told officers he was trying to head to hiis residence in Cedar Park when he realized he was lost and decided to pull over because he had been drinking, investigators said.
MCSO and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office are still investigating the motive and the content of what was in the shoe that exploded.
At this time it is not believed that the object in the shoe is a pipe bomb but possibly a firework or some type of concussion device. The case is still under investigation and we will post updates as we receive more information.