Police: Movie 'bottle bomb' suspect confessed

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LARGO, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a Maryland man has confessed to setting off "bottle bombs" at five movie theaters in Virginia and Maryland.

At a press conference Monday in Largo, authorities said 20-year-old Manuel Joyner of Bowie either has been charged or faces charges in five jurisdictions in incidents between March and May.

Authorities say he detonated soda bottles filled with acid at movie theaters in Montgomery, Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland and Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria in Virginia. The explosions panicked moviegoers, but caused no serious injuries.

Joyner was initially held on $50 million bail, but a judge later dropped bail at a hearing Monday in Prince George's County.

An attorney who represented Joyner in an unrelated case did not return a message Friday.

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