UPPER MARLBORO – Two men involved in a series of bottle bombings in the Prince George’s County area were indicted for detonating a device and assault charges and could face up to 110 years each if found guilty.
Manuel Joyner-Bell Jr., 21, and Michael Sean Hollingsworth, 23, were arrested earlier this month and have been charged with detonating a device, as well as assault against six movie theater patrons and reckless endangerment.
Joyner Bell Jr. allegedly created acid-filled soda bottles, which exploded when he tossed them into the AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center 12 in Largo on May 24. Bell also allegedly tossed the homemade weapons into theaters in Northern Virginia, Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County.
“One of the young men is believed to have been the driver in the case and the other young man is the person who is believed to have been allegedly present during the crimes,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. “Unfortunately what we believe occurred is that individuals take advantage of the fear that is growing across our country relating to these sorts of activities.”
Alsobrooks said the State’s Attorney’s office believes they have a very strong case against the two men and hope to set a precedent to deter future crimes.
“We really do intend to send a very strong message so you can really look for us to be aggressive in these cases,” Alsobrooks said. “It’s intolerable that people cannot attend a movie without being concerned that a device will be detonated we want to make sure that we send the right message.”
The two men are being held without bond because they are believed to be a flight risk and highly dangerous, Alsobrooks said.
They also are being investigated in the other jurisdictions where they detonated similar bombs. Alsobrooks said those cases may play a role in the prosecution of the Largo incident.