Teens face felony charge in Durham bus 'bomb' prank

07/28/2014 7:03 AM

07/28/2014 7:20 AM

Three teens were scheduled to be in District Court on Monday after police charged them with leaving a prank bomb to explode on a Bull City Connector bus last Tuesday night.

Friday, police charged Demetrius Walton, 18, of Eva Street; Jaquan Marquise Cobb, 17, of East Main Street; and Christopher Bobby Lewis, 18, of Commerce Street after conferring with the District Attorney’s Office on what charges were warranted.

Each of the three is charged with malicious use of an explosive device to damage property, which is a Class G felony that under the most serious circumstances for someone convicted could carry a 3-year prison sentence.

The three confessed to detectives after police distributed a video from the bus showing three men getting off shortly before the so-called “Drano bomb” went off under a seat where a bottle had been left about 9:30 p.m.

No one was hurt, but EMS medics took the driver and a passenger to a hospital as a precaution, and fire department hazardous-materials units were called to investigate what had happened.

The kind of bomb used can be harmful because it releases a very hot, caustic liquid.

Lewis and Walton were being held in lieu of $5,000 bail each. Cobb was freed Sunday on $5,000 bail.

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