Press Release

Subject: Bomb Squad Call Out/ Hazardous Materials Confiscated/Arrest
Incident Type:
Incident Date/Time 1/29/2020 9:00:00 AM
Expire Date/Time 2/28/2020 9:00:00 AM
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Person/Suspect Info
UPDATE (2/5/2020)

Detectives served a warrant on 02/05/2020 charging James R. Hoskins Jr. with Possession of Explosives with Intent to Cause Harm to Life, Limb, or Property and Possession of a Destructive Device.

A search warrant was also obtained for his residence and was served with the assistance of the MCSO Bomb Squad, and ATF. Hoskins was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Manatee County Jail. During the execution of the search warrant, two computers and additional explosive materials were recovered.


DAY OF WEEK: Tuesday
INCIDENT DATE: 01-28-2020
TIME: 1345 hrs.
Case Number: 2020-002620
Incident Type: Bomb Squad Call Out / Hazardous Materials Confiscated
Location: 2511 32nd Avenue East Zone: E10
Suspect(s): James R Hoskins Jr Race/Sex: W/M Suspect(s) D.O.B: 08-28-1967

At approximately 1:45 pm on 01/28/2020, deputies responded to the above location in reference to concerning statements James R. Hoskins Jr. made to an employee at a substance / mental health facility.
During the interview, Hoskins disclosed that he was in possession of various materials used to make small rocket motors. This was a concern because of the type of threats he was making towards his roommate. Hoskins allowed deputies to view his self-proclaimed powder room where confirmation was made of the various materials.

With the assistance of Manatee County Hazmat, the MCSO Bomb Squad collected numerous suspicious chemicals from the residence. A majority of the items that were tested came back as precursors for making explosives. In one of the bags was approximately 2-3 pounds of TATP, an organic peroxide - highly sensitive homemade explosive.
Bomb techs placed the TATP in a container that allowed it to be safely transported. A device was also located amongst the powders found. ATF was notified, and will assist with examining that device to see whether it is also destructive. The TATP was successfully detonated with a counter charge at a gun range in east Manatee County around 9 p.m. on 01/28/2020.

Hoskins told detectives that he purchased all of the materials online and manufactured the TATP. He understood how dangerous it was and wrote a statement apologizing for his actions. Hoskins also admitted that he made some statements earlier about his roommate, but he never intended to harm anyone. Hoskins was taken into protective custody as the investigation continues.

Hoskins is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing or manufacturing explosives. Charges are forthcoming.