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Attempted Southwest Plaza Mall bombing suspect Earl Albert Moore has prostate cancer and Hepatitis C
Moore appeared before Judge Craig B. Shaffer in a federal courtroom Wednesday afternoon, where his court appointed defense attorney, Robert Pepin, told the judge Moore has prostate cancer and a treatable form of Hepatitis C.
Moore was charged with arson and could face five to 20 years in prison if convicted. No other charges have been brought against Moore at this time.
Federal investigators are also trying to find a black bag that Moore was last seen carrying on a RTD surveillance video obtained after the fire at Southwest Plaza Mall on April 20, 9Wants to Know has learned.
The bag was not found with Moore when he was arrested at a King Soopers in Boulder Tuesday, a federal law enforcement source says. Attorney’s office to move the case straight to a grand jury and bypass the preliminary hearing that has been scheduled.
“In state court, a grand jury is a big deal. In federal c Toms Shoes ourt, it’s the norm,” Robinson said. “Almost all cases proceed to grand jury indictme Toms Shoes Toms Shoes >nt, but that also means the charge Moore is facing now may not be the only charge he faces once all the dust is settled.”
Robinson says he was mildly surprised Moore was only advised of one charge on Wednesday.
“The grand jury may include additional criminal charges, perhaps a charge as serious as attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. That’s a much more serious charge. It doesn’t carry five to 20 years, but a term of indefinite years to life,” he said. “There are a variety of additional criminal changes that could be brought against Moore. They include attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of an explosive by a prior felon, [a] variety of other sentence enhancers. Those will likely be added once this case is presented to the grand jury.”
Moore’s former son in law James Wick told 9NEWS on Tuesday he thinks Moore wanted to return to prison. Robinson says he is not so sure.
“If Moore was just trying to get back into prison, he certainly could’ve found an earlier, more sure fire way to do it,” Robinson said. “He could’ve simply walked into a federally insured bank with a plastic gun and said, ‘This is a holdup.’ I don’t think this case is as simple as, ‘I was just trying to be sent to prison.’ But, if we’re dealing with a criminal mind, his thought processes may be entirely different than mine. At least so I hope.”
READ THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE ATTEMPTED MALL BOMBING
According to the criminal complaint, investigators found a DNA profile on the fire scene evidence. Police ran the DNA evidence through CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) and got a positive match for Moore.
9Wants to Know investigators also learned Moore interviewed with FBI agents Wednesday for hours. Details of that interview have yet to be released.
Federal investigators planned to spend Thursday solidifying their investigation, which could include interviewing or re interviewing witnesses and searching areas for additional evidence.
Before his arrest, Moore says he spent time in a Boulder area park, law enforcement officials told 9Wants to Know. Tuesday when a shopper alerted a manager to a person matching the attempted bomber’s description.
“I’m in the King Soopers, [and there’s a] gentleman sitting in here that looks very much like the guy that did the bomb thing at Southwest Plaza,” the witness says in a 911 tape released by police on Wednesday. “He’s in the deli area. You realize it’s probably not [him], but I didn’t just want to walk away from it.”
LISTEN TO THE 911 TAPE
When Moore started to leave store, another officer outside saw him leaving and pulled in front of him in his police car. The officer ordered Moore to the ground, handcuffed him and arrested him without having to draw his gun.
9Wants to Know learned Moore was released from federal prison on April 13 for a 2005 bank robbery in West Virginia. It is unknown which federal prison he was being held at. Moore was sentenced to 18 years for that robbery, but his time was shortened after he helped prosecutors investigate another case.
Attempted purse snatching in south Toms Shoes Windsor
Windsor police are investigating an attempted purse snatching in South Windsor Sunday. She was texting on her phone and not paying attention, but saw a male walking in the opposite direction near Bliss Road and Lappan Street, said police.
A few moments after they passed each other, police said the woman was shoved from behi Toms Shoes nd and felt someone grabbing at her purse. She held on, so the man attempted to grab the Dollarama bag from her grip, police said. She dropped the bag on the ground and all of the contents spilled out. She also dropped her phone, which broke.
The man then fled the scene, said police.
The man was in his early 20s, according to police, who said he had light facial hair, a medium b Toms Shoes uild, and was about 5 foot 10, and wearing jogging pants with a gray zip up hoodie.
Police are asking anyone who saw anything in this area around this time to call detect Toms Shoes ives at 519 255 6799, ext. 4830, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 519 258 TIPS (8477).
Attempted murder trial hears grim testimony
A man who was involved in the criminal underworld described in court this week how he was attacked with a hammer and had his eyes gouged out after he tried to blackmail people who ran a marijuana grow op in North Vancouver.
Ronald Perry, 68, described in horrific detail how he was violently beaten inside a Norgate area bungalow by two men on Sept. 2, 2009.
Perry had gone to the house to try to make a deal with the boss of a criminal gang who was angry at him for his earlier involvement in a grow rip of a marijuana operation in Lions Bay in November 2006.
Perry described being attacked by two men in the house, including being hit with a hammer. At one point, he said he was pinned to a couch and one of the men reached around from behind and gouged out Perry’s eyes with his fingers.
“I didn’t even realize my eye had been torn out at that point. I didn’t feel it,” he said.
“He said, ‘I’m going to pop it like a grape.'”
Robin Landrew Pryce, 42, of Surrey and Paul Joseph Defaveri, 50, of Squamish, are both on trial for the attempted murder and aggravated assault of Perry before provincial court Toms Shoes Judge Steven Merrick.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The unusual case provides a glimpse into the violent world of criminal gangs involved in running marijuana grow operations.
Perry, who has a criminal record himself, testified this wee Toms Shoes k about how after he was charged for the Lions Bay grow rip, he was threatened by two bikers who told him the police were least of his worries.
Perry said he found out the boss of the Lions Bay growop had other grow ops in Mission, North Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay. Perry said he decided to threaten that if he wasn’t left alone, he would call the police and report home invasions at those addresses.
Perry testified he went to a house in the 1600 block Phillip Avenue in August 20 Toms Shoes 09 and talked to a man and a woman there, saying he knew they had a grow op in the basement and he wanted to talk to their boss. On Sept. 2, 2009, Perry said he returned to the house and offered the couple money to get in contact with their boss.
He was reaching for it when suddenly he got hit on the head.
“I thought I’d been shot,” he said. “I felt my legs buckling.” Perry said he wasn’t sure how many times he was hit or who hit him.
Perry said while he was on his knees, his arms were twisted behind his back and he was forced towards the ground. After his eyes were gouged, he said his wrists and ankles were hogtied behind him with zap straps and a black drawstring bag was placed over his head.
“They said two or three times, “Why don’t you just die? . . .'” said Perry.
Then he sa Toms Shoes id he heard a woman’s voice saying, “Not here. Don’t do it here.'”
Perry said he blacked out and came to lying on the floor of what felt like a van. He was eventually transferred to the back of his own car. He said when he next regained consciousness, he heard a woman’s voice, and then he was in an ambulance. Perry said he spent 11 days in hospital and ended up losing his left eye.
He said the vision in his right eye was also affected and his face was torn requiring surgery. He also pointed to large scars still visible on his scalp.
Perry said sometime after he got out of hospital, he went back to the Norgate house early one morning with a hatchet, determined to “straighten some things out.”
He said he found the house cleared out, but discovered papers left behind that had the names Marney King and Paul Defaveri on them. He said he looked them up on Facebook, and found they were the same couple he’d talked to in the house.