Destructive Device Arrest

***UPDATE- as of 12:30 p.m. on October 25, 2017***

24-year-old Randall Drake remains in a Pinellas County mental health facility and has not been released. It’s anticipated that Drake will not be released in the near future.

Proceedings surrounding Drake’s involuntary mental health commitment are confidential and we cannot provide any additional information.

A court order has mandated that Drake will wear an electronic monitor following his release from the mental health facility. Drake is also prohibited from coming within 1,000 feet of any school.

The criminal investigation is still open and active.

***End of Update***

***Original News Release***

Dunedin Man Arrested After Destructive Devices Are Found Inside His Home 

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
    -Crimes Against Children Unit

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    -Bomb Squad Team

Federal Bureau of Investigation
    - Joint Terrorism Task Force

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Randall Winston Drake (Arrested)
DOB: 10/12/1993
Address: 1234 Royal Oak Drive North, Dunedin
Charges: 2 counts - Unlawfully Makes, Possesses or Attempts to Make a Destructive Device

Detectives have arrested a Dunedin man after three destructive devices were found inside his home.

Detectives served the search warrant the morning of Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

The suspect was arrested at about 4:00 p.m. on October 18, 2017.     

The devices were located inside the residence at 1234 Royal Oak Drive North, Dunedin.

Detectives have arrested a Dunedin man after three destructive devices were found inside of his home.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit executed a search warrant at a residence located at 1234 Royal Oak Drive North, Dunedin, in connection with a child pornography investigation.

Detectives say that during the course of their search, detectives found a locked closet in the bedroom of 24-year-old Randall Drake. Detectives entered the closet and found a large collection of weapons that included three destructive devices.

Detectives say two of the homemade destructive devices were constructed of metal cylindrical cigar tubes containing gun powder and wicks for detonation. The third device was constructed of a plastic tube containing gun powder, wrapped in tape with a fuse.

Detectives found a folder with aerial photographs of Essrig Elementary School and Ben Hill Middle School in Hillsborough County, aerial photographs of a water treatment plant in Hillsborough County and several books and handwritten notes documenting how to make explosive devices. 

Detectives say they also found a handwritten note stating “The daughters come, and I am ready. I have fed on my hatred for centuries. My fury at those who imprisoned me shall be vast and without mercy. I shall have my bloody revenge, and then the WORLD WILL BURN BURN.”

Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff Bomb Squad Team along with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene. The Hillsborough Bomb Squad Team safely removed the destructive devices from the home.

Detectives removed ten rifles, eight handguns, two shotguns, more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition, a make shift firearm sound suppressor, more than 15 knives, a baseball bat with protruding nails, a crossbow, brass knuckles, gun powder and other evidence from the residence.

Detectives tried interviewing Drake about the destructive devices; however, he refused to speak with detectives.

Detectives arrested Drake and charged him with two counts of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device. Drake was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

Detectives say Drake has no criminal history and no history of mental health issues. Drake resides at the home with his mother and father.   

Detectives have yet to determine why Drake possessed the incendiary devices or what he intended to do with them.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a press conference on October 19, 2017, to discuss the circumstances surrounding Drake’s arrest. Video of the conference can be viewed here:

The investigation continues.

Randall Drake Booking photo.

Weapons found in closet.


Destructive device #1 & #2.

Destructive device #3

Note found in suspect's bedroom.

Maps found in suspect's bedroom.


Posted by Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:52:00 PM Categories: Crimes Against Persons

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