Man brought fake pipe bomb into Miami restaurant, police say

Posted at 12:14 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 12:14:00-05

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a Miami man brought what appeared to be a pipe bomb into a fast food restaurant.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Argemis Colome said in a statement Wednesday that bomb technicians determined the device held no explosive material.

According to an arrest report, 47-year-old Luis Felipe Jaspe Jr. brought a metal pipe wrapped with black tape, a red cap and battery wires into the restaurant Tuesday.

A witness told investigators Jaspe also had a metal box with electrical wires attached to it.

The witness called police, who arrested Jaspe and evacuated the restaurant.

The report said Jaspe told officers he used the device "as a weapon for self-defense."

Jaspe was charged with possessing a hoax bomb. Bail was set at $7,500. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.