A Tulare man was charged Wednesday with the use of a destructive device after he allegedly detonated an “acid bomb” Jan. 27 in a Visalia department store, the Tulare County District Attorney said.
Larry Jay Mock, 40, of Tulare, allegedly detonated the hydrochloric acid explosive device in a Marshalls store to create a diversion as he fled through the fire exit with a stolen purse, officials said.
Mock fled from Visalia police officers Jan. 28 after being pulled over for a simple traffic infraction, officials said. Mock allegedly drove recklessly, cut through an orchard, and later abandoned his vehicle. Two acid bombs, bomb-making materials, and the stolen purse were allegedly found inside the vehicle. Mock was arrested without incident on Jan. 29.
A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 19 in Department 4 of the Tulare County Superior Court. If convicted, Mock faces up to 24 years and four months in state prison.