STUART (CBS4) – A South Florida man was arrested on Monday after he reportedly attempted to set off fireworks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Glenn Neff, 27, of Stuart was taken into custody by the Maryland-National Capital Park Police after being spotted in his Jeep Cherokee parked outside an isolated part of Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda at about 8:30 p.m.

A large amount of fireworks were found inside the vehicle along with a turret and tubes to launch the fireworks.

Neff allegedly planned to ignite the fireworks on the National Mall in order to attract attention to issues he had with the banking industry.

Police say he told them he did not intend to hurt anyone.

In a note on his public Facebook page, Neff posted an open letter to his friends stating his thoughts on the banking industry.

“You may be aware that our economy is currently only semi-stable. What you probably are not aware of, however, is that we are here by design. I’ve spent a lot of time over the course of my adult life trying to understand how the economy works . . . and about a year and a half ago, I figured it out. I have come to the inescapable conclusion that the bankers at the Federal Reserve engineered this financial crisis on purpose.” 

Neff was charged with possession of a destructive device, transport of a destructive device and manufacture of a destructive device, all felonies. He was also charged with drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of fireworks and use of a park after dark, according to WJLA Washington, D.C.


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