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Police arrest five people for neighborhood acid bombings

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Updated: 7/10/2013 5:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 14-year-old boy is among four people charged with an explosive attack in northwest Jacksonville.

Police responded to a home on Ogalla Avenue after getting a report about a home-made bomb that exploded in a homeowner's yard.

The homeowner told police a similar incident happened at his home on Saturday night.

Police later learned the same type of crime happened outside a home on Rabbit Ridge Drive later that same night.

Witnesses were able to give police a description of a yellow Toyota Scion XB seen near the scene.

On Tuesday night, police received another report of a bottle being thrown from a car near the Lavilla Sports Club on New Kings Road.

The bottle exploded in the road.  The person who called 911 noticed a box-style vehicle, with four passengers, leaving the scene.

A police officer later stopped a white Toyota Scion XB for failing to use turn signal at a stop sign.  The officer searched the vehicle and found numerous "plastic bombs" in the car.

Investigators also found ingredients for making acid bombs.

Police say the people in the car admitted to building and throwing the bombs out the car window.

Police arrested Randy James Harris, 18; Eric Joseph Mathis, 23; Christopher Thomas Combs, 18; a 17-year-old and 14-year-old boy.  We're not revealing their names because they are juveniles.
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