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According to Sheriff Ted Paxton, on Tuesday morning, July 17, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from RBM Mercedes of Atlanta-North, located at 345 McFarland Parkway in south Forsyth County, after employees arrived at work and found damage to a vehicle and damage to an area of asphalt near the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was found that the damage was caused by a homemade bomb thrown at a vehicle in the early morning hours. “This device was constructed to detonate on impact,” said Sheriff Paxton. “However, that did not happen. The device had been contained in a glass jar before it was thrown. It appears that the remains of the content of the jar were manually lit by the perpetrator. The device became hot enough to cause some damage to the car and to melt the asphalt that was near the car, but it did not ignite the car.” The device, composed of some type of flammable compound, burned itself out and never detonated.
The compounds of the homemade bomb are being tested by the Ga. Bureau of Investigation, who also responded to the scene with the Forsyth County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.
“Once we looked at the surveillance video with the management at the business, we were able to identify a suspect who happened to be a man who had been terminated by the business the day before,” added Sheriff Paxton.
On Thursday, the former employee of Progressive Parking which is a vendor for RBM Mercedes, Quinton Gregory Smith, 34, of Sandwedge Lane, Johns Creek, Ga. was arrested by the Warrant and Fugitive Unit and has been charged with possession of an explosive/destructive device and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree. He is currently being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond.
Investigators have executed a search warrant on Smith’s residence and “obtained enough incriminating evidence to link Smith to the crime. We believe his motive was revenge,” stated Sheriff Paxton. “However, this is still an ongoing investigation.”