Southwest Plaza Mall bomb suspect Earl Albert Moore captured at a King Soopers in Boulder

6:42 PM, Apr 26, 2011   |    comments
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9Wants to Know has learned that Moore was captured Tuesday morning outside of a King Soopers at 3600 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. 

According to Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel, police first figured out he was in the grocery because of a 911 call.

9Wants to Know learned Moore was sitting inside the Starbucks in the store around 7:22 a.m. when a shopper alerted a manager to a person matching the attempted bomber's description. The shopper left the store and called 911, and two officers in separate cars showed up. The manager pointed out the suspect to the officer.

When the suspect started to leave store, another officer outside saw Moore leaving and pulled in front of him in his police car. The officer ordered Moore to the ground, handcuffed him and arrested without having to draw his gun.

"He was considered a dangerous individual. As we exit[ed] our vehicle, we're in that posture of we're putting our hands back on our gun. But he complied really quickly and readily that I didn't need to take any further action. We frisk[ed] him for weapons, he didn't have any; we placed him in the handcuffs," Steve Cast with the Boulder Police Department said.

"Without this woman who was paying attention so early in the morning, who knows when the suspect would have been arrested," Kobel said.

Several officers and detectives from the Boulder Police Department searched the King Soopers strip mall area to make sure the area was clear. There was nothing suspicious found.

Moore was taken to the Jefferson County Jail in Golden. He will make his first court appearance Wednesday.

FBI was searching nationwide for 65-year-old Moore in connection with the attempted bombing of the mall on April 20.

Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink says there is no connection between the attempted bombing and any Jefferson County School. The attempted bombing happened on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

9Wants to Know recently learned Moore was released from federal prison on April 13 for a 2005 bank robbery in the southern district West Virginia. It is unknown which federal prison he was being held at. Moore was sentenced to 18 years for that robbery, but his time was shortened after he helped prosecutors investigate another case.

The suspect most recently came from South Carolina, a federal law enforcement source told 9Wants to Know.

Investigators say two propane tanks and a pipe bomb were found at the heart of the fire in Southwest Plaza Mall on April 20. The FBI is investigating the incident.

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