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Florida pipe bomb suspect found dead in jail cell

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/17/2020 David Matthews
David Van Sant looking at the camera: Gregory Samuel Haasze, 34, of Boynton Beach, was arrested after a Palm Beach County Sheriff's bomb squad evacuated his neighborhood following two explosions and finding more than two dozen pipe bombs in and around the area. © Provided by New York Daily News Gregory Samuel Haasze, 34, of Boynton Beach, was arrested after a Palm Beach County Sheriff's bomb squad evacuated his neighborhood following two explosions and finding more than two dozen pipe bombs in and around the area.

A Florida man who confessed to planting more than two dozen pipe bombs last week was found dead in his jail cell Saturday.

According to the Sun Sentinel, Gregory Samuel Haasze, 34, spent two days in Palm Beach County jail before he was found unresponsive by a deputy around 8:50 p.m. with a torn sheet tied around his neck. Life-saving measures were attempted by the deputy and paramedics who came to the scene, but Haasze was declared dead shortly after 9 p.m.

Haasze was arrested last Wednesday after police found multiple pipe bombs in Boynton Beach, about an hour north of Miami.

Haasze faced 26 counts of making, possessing, throwing, projecting, placing or discharging a destructive device and was being held on $130,000 bond. The bombs were found in a high-traffic area with multiple large retail locations and apartment complexes after reports of a loud noise. The discovery led to evacuations and panic but no injuries were reported.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad disabled each of the devices.

Some of the bombs had nails, pellets and screws inside, police said. Haasze told investigators he had bought the supplies on eBay with his phone. Before his death he told investigators he used the explosives for celebrations and removing tree stumps.

Neighbors told federal investigators who joined the case that Haasze was known to make and detonate explosive devices.

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