Four people were arrested in connection to a homemade explosive device found at a Martinez hotel on Wednesday.
Amy Kathleen Dodd, 24; Anthony Doral Jones, 20; and Michael Paul Stader, 22; were each charged with possession of a destructive device and manufacturing a destructive device with intent to kill, injure or intimidate an individual, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Dodd was arrested Wednesday and Jones and Stader will charged Friday. All three live at the Georgia Inn on South Belair Road in Martinez and are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
A fourth person, Richard Alvin Bourne Jr., 32, of Augusta, was charged with terroristic threats and acts. He was being held in the jail Friday on a $5,100 bond, according to jail records.
At about 12:45 a.m., authorities got a call about an explosive device in a room at the Georgia Inn Augusta at 434 S. Belair Road. A woman told authorities that she was with her friends – Dodd, Jones and Stader – in room 222, when Dodd showed her a homemade explosive device. The device was a medication prescription bottle containing a .38- caliber bullet, potassium nitrate, matches and a wick, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Dodd told the woman the bomb was not intended for the hotel, but for a person in Hephzibah who killed someone. Morris would not provide more details about the plot against the intended victim.
The hotel was evacuated and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad disarmed the device, Morris said.