Bomber accused of additional charges

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) — [UPDATE: 11/2/2017 at 8:10:22 PM]
Sylvio King was accused this week with a 2nd count of possessing and transporting a biological weapon.
The latest charge accuses him of placing explosive-related material in a dumpster of a Dothan business where he was employed.
King also faces 4-other felonies involving a bomb that exploded inside a pick-up truck October 23rd.
The blast, that occurred just south of Dothan, injured the driver.
Investigators say King was retaliating in a domestic situation.
A bond hearing is set for King Friday, November 3rd.

Booking photo from Houston County Jail.

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It took only four days to untangle a bizarre crime web that left a Taylor man injured in a bombing and his alleged assailant attempting to convince police he, too, was an intended victim.

The first bomb---another device was discovered later--- exploded October 23 inside a pickup truck, injuring driver Terry Daniel Brooks. Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said detonation was by remote control.

Sylvio Joseph King, 44, of Dothan was arrested early Friday on multiple felonies following a search of his vehicle and apartment.
“This was a domestic related incident,” Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish said, indicating King acted on behalf of an unsuspecting woman. He declined to disclose specifics.

Court records show Brooks recently fathered a child with the woman who is seeking support from him. Brooks, meanwhile, wants physical custody of the infant born June 26. A hearing on the counter claims is scheduled in December.

Investigators, not authorized to speak publicly regarding the case, said the woman had recently ended her relationship with Brooks and begun one—the exact nature isn’t known---with King. She apparently expressed to him concerns about Brooks’ efforts seeking physical custody.

King is alleged to have broken into the pickup truck, placed the pipe bomb, and detonating it as Brooks headed to work. A law enforcement source theorizes that, knowing Brooks routine, King waited on South Park Avenue for the vehicle to pass then exploded the device.

King is then believed to have texted the woman telling her he had “taken care of the problem.” She contacted an attorney who, in turn, notified police. The reason for a time lag between the explosion and when authorities were notified isn’t known but the woman isn’t a suspect.

“Through our investigation we don’t believe (the bombing) was her intent,” Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish said Monday. He credits the woman---not identified in this article---with assisting law enforcement.

Investigators quickly turned their focus solely toward King. A few hours later, in an odd twist, King apparently called police and reported a note had been placed in his vehicle indicating he would become the next bombing victim. The call was confirmed by Parrish.

What King likely didn’t realize was he had already been pegged as the prime suspect in the bombing. His Sxith Avenue apartment was under surveillance and a search warrant executed, resulting in King’s arrest. Valenza said evidence was found that linked him to the bombing.

A subsequent search at King’s place of employment revealed explosive related material had been placed in a dumpster.

About 50 of King’s neighbors who live at Medical Center Terrace (not associated with Southeast Alabama Medical Center) were evacuated for several hours. While some found refuge with friends and relatives, more than a dozen were relocated to Highlands Trail Apartments.

King, who had no previous criminal record, was charged in Houston County with Attempted Murder, Criminal Mischief, Breaking and Entering a Vehicle, and Possession/Transporting a Bio Weapon. Parrish said he confessed to the crimes.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Resident Agent in Charge of the Montgomery Field Office Jennifer Conway said federal charges are anticipated against King who is jailed without bond. A hearing seeking bail is scheduled Thursday.

Brooks was released from the hospital over the weekend and is expected to recover, according to Sheriff’s Investigator Corporal Ricky Herring.

Valenza credits a collaborative effort in bringing the case to a successful close. He thanked the Dothan Police Department and its bomb team, Dothan Fire Department, Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, ATF, Geneva County authorities, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Houston County Emergency Management Agency and officers working in his department.