A man suspected in the attempted bombing at a Denver-area shopping mall was arrested in nearby Boulder on Tuesday.
Earl Albert Moore, a 65-year-old former prison inmate with an extensive criminal record, was captured at a grocery store six days after authorities found a pipe bomb and two propane tanks while extinguishing a small fire in the food court at Southwest Plaza.
Authorities caught Moore on Tuesday after a shopper spotted him at a Starbucks inside the grocery store and called 911, said Kim Kobel, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Police Department. After two officers entered the store, Moore quickly left but was met outside by another officer who responded to the call.
Authorities searched the store and surrounding buildings, but did not find anything suspicious, Kobel said.
The FBI had identified Moore from surveillance video at the mall and on Sunday had warned the public that he was probably armed and dangerous.
The pipe bomb and tanks did not detonate and there were no reported injuries. The mall, which can have as many as 10,000 shoppers at its busiest times, was evacuated for hours.
The mall is less than two miles away from Columbine High School, where in 1999 two students killed 13 people before killing themselves. The explosives were discovered on the 12th anniversary of the massacre.
An FBI investigation has found no evidence indicating a connection between the attempted bombing and the school shooting, said agency spokesman Dave Joly in an email message. He declined to discuss if the agency has discovered a motive for the attempted bombing at the mall.
The agency launched a nationwide search for Moore, who a week before the attempted bombing had been released from federal prison after serving a sentence for armed bank robbery in West Virginia. Authorities said he had been known by at least five aliases.
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