Erie Robbery-Explosion Case Baffles Investigators

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The case of Brian Wells, the Erie, Pa., pizza delivery man who was killed in an explosion after robbing a bank “remains awash in questions,” says USA Today. The paper says “several investigators believe Wells probably was a patsy who wasn’t initially involved in the robbery plot, but they aren’t certain.”

Now authorities are speculating that the goal was to kill Wells. When he died, he possessed a note demanding that he stop at four locations after the bank robbery before he would be freed from an explosive device attached to his body.

Investigators have circulated two sketches of shaggy-haired men they want to question.

Many residents of blue-collar Erie could have the skills to make the metal collar that attached the bomb to Wells’ neck. Callers to a police tip line said it resembled a device used in industrial plumbing. “This is not great intellect at work here,” said an investigator. “This is just the work of a brutal person or persons.”


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