Parents of Suspect in Pipe Bomb Case Arrested in River Green

The arrests came one day after local, state and federal authorities descended on the family's Woodbury Lane home in Canton's River Green subdivision in search of suspected explosive devices.

The parents and a male friend of a have been arrested, officials with the said tonight.

The boy's parents, Brian and Sandra Howell, were arrested this evening and charged with six counts of possession and manufacture of a destructive device as well as two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

"Our investigation revealed they had knowledge of what was going on," Canton Police Chief Bob Merchant told Canton-Sixes Patch. He said six devices were found in the home.

The male friend, who is also 14, was arrested Monday night, and charged with two counts of possession and manufacture of a destructive device. 

A female juvenile inside the Howell's Woodbury Lane home this evening was taken to the Canton Police Department and turned over to the , Det. Candy Worthy said in a press release.

Tonight's arrests came one day after local, state and federal authorities descended on the family's home in Canton's River Green subdivision.

Monday, Canton Police received a tip about explosives at the home. While assistant police chief Todd Vande Zande didn't say how or when authorities were tipped off, he said "as soon as we got the tip, we contacted the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) Bomb Disposal Unit and the ATF and we have been in touch with the FBI."

Through the morning and the afternoon, agents with the ATF and the GBI went in and out of the Howell home.

Just before 1 p.m. Monday, the 14-year-old, who was wearing a red T-shirt, was placed in the back of a Canton Police squad car. He was charged with two counts of possession and manufacture of destructive devices.

Tonight, Worthy said his parents "will be transported to the for processing" and that "more arrests are possible."

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Sweeney August 02, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Jake i am more than happy to have an intelligent conversation with you, but i dont tolerate ignorant people who think kids building explosives is normal. Its NOT. Your above comments remind me of something the Unabomber would have said.
Reality August 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Boys will be boys? Have you seen this kids YouTube page? He is obsessed with Columbine and other school shootings/bombings. He talks about blowing up school and how to kill children. He has videos on how to make napalm and pipe bombs. He talks about how he would have done Columbine with nails, marbles for more shrapnel and bigger bombs to kill 500 students and lock them all in with one escape route where he would be waiting with gas and guns and tripwires. Guess that's just normal boy stuff though right? You morons need to wake the hell up.
Frank Jones August 02, 2012 at 01:30 PM
People...Building bombs is not a normal thing for a child or an adult (and is probably a crime). Using a bomb to blow up a toilet is not a normal act and in fact is a crime! The teen should be punished for his actions. Period! His parents should be investigated, charged and punished if they had knowledge of his activities! It's plain and simple. Here I am, a moderate/independent, in an area where Republicans are harsh on criminals and you're the ones giving the kid a pass? At what point do you punish the teen -- after he takes the bomb(s) to school and kills someone? For the Government haters out there, the Government isn't the problem in this situation. It's the lack of parental supervision and responsibility and a teen who made bad decisions.
Jake Lilley August 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I grew up on a farm, played with things that went “boom” and “bang.” In fact, I would have been suspicious of any boy who did not have similar interests. So to say that an interest in firearms and explosives is “not normal” is a very narrow view of the world. Where I grew up, men were men, boys were boys, discipline was handled in the home, the church and the community and nobody turned their kids over to the Feds for rearing. If you destroyed something, you paid for it and punishment was administered privately, not by the police..
RiverGreenMom August 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I agree, Jake. But was your primary interest in blowing thing up or hurting people? A 14 year old boy who wants to lock the doors of the school so the little kids can't escape then plans on stationing himself at the front door so he can shoot anyone who runs towards the one open door seems a tad concerning to me. We really need to make the distinction here.


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