Cape woman charged with planting of ‘hoax bomb’
Cape Coral Police reported that on Wednesday, May 25, the department’s Special Investigations Unit made contact with Tracy Marie Adeline Carter, 39, at her residence at of 1902 S.E. 12th St., upon the probable cause established in an active warrant for her arrest for violating F.S.S. 790.165 Planting of “Hoax Bomb” Prohibited.
On May 20, 2022, officers from the CCPD responded to a suspicious person incident at the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce located at 2051 Cape Coral Parkway, E., in Cape Coral.
According to notes of the call, the reporting party called 9-1-1 and stated that a female, later identified as Carter was at the Chamber of Commerce for over an hour speaking with staff members and not making any sense. It was also reported that Carter appeared to be under the influence.
The CCPD report indicated that Carter left the Chamber of Commerce in a vehicle prior to officers arriving on the scene.
Before Carter left the call location, she went on to explain to the reporting party that she was upset her child was unable to graduate due to disciplinary issues at school. Carter reportedly went on to explain that she was going to attend the graduation with a fake bomb strapped to her to show the faculty how upset she really was.
The police report states that Carter went on to rant that she would feel bad for the children she would scare but she really needed to be heard. She stated that she didn’t plan to hurt anyone.
The CCPD contacted Carter by phone, and she validated her threats and said that she had thoughts about doing it, but it would only be a “cardboard” bomb. Officers then contacted Carter at her residence and said she explained that due to her frustration of her child not being able to attend graduation and prom, she wanted to mimic the movie “John Q” to make a statement.
Carter told police that she would have drawn the bomb because she doesn’t have the materials to make one. Carter’s home was searched with her permission and no bomb-making materials were located.
Carter was subsequently transported to Lee County Jail and charged with the following Planting of “Hoax Bomb” Prohibited F.S.S. 790.165.