Man arrested, accused of making and detonating bomb


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist ERIN COKER

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 10:06 PM

AUSTIN -- Police have arrested a man accused of making and detonating a bomb at a state office. Larry Robbins, 34, is charged with possession or manufacture of a prohibited weapon.

Police said they believe Robbins has been involved in making and detonating bombs for about one year now. 

Officers first learned about him last January. They were called out to the Balcones District Park off Stony Drive, where they found his pickup truck. Inside, officers found bomb making materials, but they had not been assembled, so Robbins wasn't arrested.

Then on Dec. 28, 2013 police said Robbins set off a bomb inside of a black trash bag at the Health and Human Services print services building on Technology Boulevard. The bomb was outside, between a stairwell and trash dumpster. It caused no damage and no one was injured.

Robbins was arrested and charged with possession or manufacture of a prohibited weapon on Jan. 3.

"Anytime somebody's playing with explosives, that's a danger to themselves and everybody and everything around them, so it's relieving for us to know that we have now identified him, and we've pulled him off the streets for the time being," said commander Nicholas Wright with the Special Operations Division of the Austin Police Department.

Robbins wasn't in jail for long. He was released on bond the same day he was arrested, and police said there aren't any restrictions on his bond.

Investigators don't have a motive for his actions, but they did say Robbins was fired from his job at Luminex Corporation, which is directly across from the Health and Human Services Office, six weeks before the December bombing. Robbins was suspected of stealing chemicals and glassware for chemicals.

There could also be a link between Robbins and two bombings that happened at the U-Haul storage facility on Research Boulevard. Facility managers say in August 2013, there was an explosion in a unit he was renting, and in November and December, there were two other explosions near buildings Robbins rented. Those explosions are still under investigation.