Police made an arrest Thursday in connection to an incident that occurred at the Bridgeport Police Department earlier this year.
Morris Roberts, 42 of Bridgeport, was arrested Thursday and faced with a federal criminal complaint following a February 27 incident in which he delivered a modified hand grenade concealed in a coffee cup to the Bridgeport Police Department’s Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) at 999 Broad Street.
The grenade reached Bridgeport Police in February after Roberts instructed a waitress to deliver the cup to the office. An OIA police officer discovered the grenade hidden in the cup and alerted the Emergency Operations Center. The building was then evacuated and the grenade was safely removed by law enforcement officials. Upon further examination of the grenade, it was determined that it would not have detonated due to it’s poor construction.
Roberts is charged with possession of an explosive by a previously convicted felon, as well as attempting to unlawfully damage a building by means of an explosive. If convicted, Roberts could serve up to 10 years in prison per charge.
As the case moves forward, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Bridgeport Police, and Connecticut State Police are continue to investigate the incident.