Couple arrested after attempting to detonate pipe bomb behind South Carolina Longhorn Steakhouse, police say

FLORENCE, S.C. — A South Carolina couple was arrested after trying to a detonate a pipe bomb behind a Longhorn Steakhouse, investigators said.

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The bomb did not explode and a week later a third person was also arrested, the Myrtle Beach Sun News reported.

Police said a tip from Facebook in March indicated a live video showed people making threats or possibly a bomb, WMBF reported.

Investigators said they found Krystal Jaworski and Tyler Santaniello March 25 behind a Longhorn Steakhouse in Florence.

Authorities said the couple admitted to trying to detonate the bomb, which was found behind a light pole, WMBF reported.

Santaniello said they “(made) a pipe bomb by using powder from fireworks and putting them into a galvanized pipe,” investigators said in an arrest warrant. Jaworski admitted to helping Santaniello build it, authorities said.

They were both arrested and charged with attempting to detonate an explosive device, according to jail records. Jaworski remains in jail. Santaniello was released on $50,000 bond.

Ashley Rom, who lived with Jaworski, was later arrested March 31 after investigators found bomb making materials in her car including empty shotgun shells, cut lengths of PVC pipe, white explosive powder, fireworks, propane and other accelerants.

Rom was charged with possessing a destructive device, Myrtle Beach Sun News reported. She was being held on $500,000 bond.


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