Explosive Device Found At Temple Mall
A retired U-S Army staff sergeant arrested after allegedly leaving an
explosive device at a mall is under guard at a hospital today.
Doctors are trying to determine whether 41-year-old Earl
Dix of Killeen was paralyzed after his vehicle overturned Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives in Houston says Dix may have some sort of mental
Agents are reviewing a notebook that was left with the device. Security personnel at Colonial Mall-Temple noticed a suspicious vehicle and found the device outside a mall entrance Saturday
morning, before the mall opened.
Temple police and A-T-F agents found Dix at a rest area
off Interstate 35, south of Salado and the chase began.
Dix was arrested on federal charges of possessing an
improvised explosive device.
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Monday, April 21, 2003
A Temple, Texas, man is facing federal explosives charges for allegedly placing an explosive device inside
a mall. Colonial Mall in Temple had to be evacuated Saturday, after someone found the package outside a Dillard`s
store. Explosives experts from Fort Hood inspected the device, and said is was an explosive. The man, who
allegedly placed the device, was found at a rest stop near Salado. He tried to getaway. But during the chase, his
Chevy Blazer hit a sheriff deputy`s patrol car, and an unmarked Temple police car. The Blazer spun out of control
and rolled. The wreck shut down Interstate 35 for four hours.
Explosive device found in Temple mall
4/21/2003 9:50 AM
By: Associated Press
TEMPLE -- A Bell County man is in custody today on federal explosives charges as authorities investigate the discovery of an explosive device at a Temple mall.
Colonial Mall-Temple was evacuated early Saturday after someone reported a package outside a Dillard's store that appeared suspicious.
Personnel from Fort Hood took control of the device, and experts confirmed it was an explosive.
Authorities have not described the device. The suspect was spotted at a rest stop near Salado on Saturday afternoon.
He sped away in a Chevrolet Blazer, striking a Bell County Sheriff's Office vehicle. During the pursuit, the Blazer also collided with an unmarked Temple police car, causing it to spin and the Blazer to roll.
The wreck shut down a portion of Interstate 35 for about four hours on Saturday night.
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April 21, 2003, 10:01PM
Man who placed explosive at mall still under guard
Retired soldier hurt in crash
TEMPLE -- A retired Army staff sergeant suspected of leaving an explosive device at a mall remained under guard at a
hospital Monday after his vehicle overturned as he fled from police.
Doctors were trying to determine whether Earl Dix, 41, of Killeen was paralyzed in the crash, which occurred Saturday, said Franceska Perot, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Houston.
Authorities suspect Dix may have "some sort of mental disorder" after reviewing a notebook that was left with the device, Perot
said. She added that there was no indication in the writings that the incident was related to the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building or the end to the deadly standoff at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco.
Both events' anniversaries were marked Saturday.
Security personnel at Colonial Mall-Temple noticed a suspicious vehicle and found the device outside a mall entrance about 8:20 a.m. Saturday, before the mall opened, investigators said.
Personnel from Fort Hood took control of the object, and experts confirmed it was an explosive.
Temple police and ATF agents later found Dix at a rest area off Interstate 35, south of Salado. As they tried to arrest him he drove
away, rammed police vehicles and tried to run over a police officer, who fired several shots but did not wound Dix, Perot said.
Dix's Chevrolet Blazer overturned. Although emergency medical workers at the scene said his injuries weren't serious, Perot said
Monday he may have broken bones in his neck.
The wreck closed a portion of Interstate 35 for about four hours.
Dix was arrested on federal charges of possessing an improvised explosive device. Because he is hospitalized, he has yet to be
brought before a magistrate and formally charged, Perot said.
The device wasn't made properly and probably would not have caused serious damage, she said.