Man accused of making tennis ball bomb speaks from jail

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An Indiana man sits in jail accused in a case surrounding a home-made tennis ball bomb. Neal Grubbs, 20, admits he had the bomb in his bedroom but claims he’s the victim.

Grubbs spoke to Fox 59 from behind bars to explain how the bomb got there in the first place.

“I’ve never made a bomb in my life. I’ve never even been in trouble,” said Grubbs. “The whole time I thought it was fake. That’s where my ignorance came in.”

The 20-year-old was arrested after FBI agents, IMPD and the bomb squad raided his home Tuesday. An anonymous tip called police claiming Grubbs was plotting to plant the bomb in the Rave Cinemas Metropolis in Plainfield and Regal Shiloh Stadium in Avon.

“How can I use one bomb for two movie theaters? You’ve got to know, this isn’t me,” said Grubbs.

Detectives confirm the tennis ball was filled with black powder and several multi-color BBs. Similiar ones were also found in a container in Grubbs’ room.

Neal said he had no idea the explosive device was this dangerous. He admits the bomb has been in his room for several weeks after a former friend brought it over.

He believes the same guy tipped off police after the two got into an argument over a $100 debt.

“If he would have told me that this was a 30-meter radius explosion that’s going to blow up, I would have told him to get out of my house. Get that bomb out of my house,” Grubbs said.

Grubbs said he will keep fighting to clear his name.

“I’m sorry for this whole mess. The community deserves an apology. I want them to know I had no intent on using this or hurting anybody,” he said. “I’m telling the truth and no one believes me. That’s the thing that hurts the most.”

Grubbs made his first court appearance Thursday. A judge raised his bond from $7500 to $100,000.

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