Randolph Troy Smith: Vero Beach man accused of threatening wife with fake bomb, deputies say

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — "Dinner's in the fridge" would be a note left on the kitchen table from a spouse in a happy marriage.

But Randolph Troy Smith, who was in the process of becoming divorced from his wife, left notes of a different kind, according to an Indian River County Sheriff's Office report. He placed them alongside a gray high tension fuse jack, according to photos taken by deputies.

"This is a (sic) explosive," Smith wrote in red ink. "It's a bomb. Boom."

Smith's soon-to-be ex-wife discovered the notes and the device about 9 p.m. Thursday at their home in the 100 block of 21st Avenue, Vero Beach, and called authorities. Deputies cordoned off the home and had the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad check out the pipe. Bomb squad members determine it was not a real bomb and Smith later told deputies that it was meant as a hoax.

Smith, 51, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, planting a hoax bomb and resisting arrest without violence. He was being held at the Indian River County Jail in lieu of $11,000 bail.

Deputies found Smith in the 5800 block of State Road 60 about 10:15 p.m. Thursday and took him into custody.

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