Florida man facing eviction plants fake bomb at front door to deter deputies


An Indian River County man is undergoing evaluations after he made a fake bomb in an attempt to fight his eviction.

The man, who is not being identified, crafted what turned out to be a fake bomb and posted a sign warning people not to approach the residence.

As a result, the man was Baker Acted and taken to Cleveland Clinic Indian River County for evaluation.

The incident occurred Wednesday morning in the 800 block of 46th Avenue when two deputies arrived at the location to serve a final eviction. They saw a black box taped to the front porch pillar with wires attached. The following note was posted on the property:

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“PLEASE !!! Donot aprouch (sic) this house. I wish only to talk to Ch.12 TV. Donot tough anything. I know you are only doing your jobs. You have family! STAY BACK! Channel 12 only.”

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office sent a bomb technician to investigate the black box and determined it was fake.

The deputies were able to get the resident to the front door and took him into custody and transported to Cleveland Clinic’s ER. The eviction ultimately was served.