A New Orleans man who earlier this year parked his truck in the parking lot of a Mid-City bank and placed six small, homemade explosive devices inside of the vehicle, prompting an evacuation of the surrounding neighborhood, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to being in possession of a flammable liquid bomb.
Gregory Alexander, 35, was charged with the crime in April. Authorities said he tried to use the tiny bombs to destroy his truck in February.
Alexander parked his truck behind the Whitney Bank at North Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street on Feb. 25. According to court documents, Alexander wanted to set the car on fire, claim it was stolen and then collect the insurance money.
A police officer found the truck, which contained at least one smoldering device. Court documents said Alexander lit at least one of the explosives but it apparently fizzled out. Authorities evacuated businesses and homes around the area. The intersection was closed for hours as the New Orleans Police Department’s bomb squad worked to remove items from the truck.
Alexander faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 14.