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AMPA (CBSMiami/AP) – A woman is accused of trying to build and detonate an explosive device inside a Tampa Walmart store.
Emily Stallard, 37, was arrested Saturday and charged with attempted arson of a structure, firebombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and battery on an officer.
A security guard at the store noticed Stallard opening unpaid items including flammable materials, projectiles, and matches as she roamed through the store for more than an hour, an arrest report said. She had a child with her in the store, an arrest report said.
The security guard called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and also notified a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer who happened to be in the store at the time. The two men stopped Stallard just before she lit a wick, according to the report.
Investigators said Stallard spit at deputies as she was being loaded into a patrol car.