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Senior Citizen Indicted For Trying To Blow Up WAWA During Riots



by Alex Lloyd Gross

At age 65, most people are through with foolishness and don’t commit violent crimes.  That message was not relayed to Desiree Adorno of Philadelphia. Authorities alleged that in mid June of last year,  Adorno entered a WAWA on Richmond Street , along with  34 year old Michael Fields and tried to rob the store by placing explosive devices in key areas.

This is in addition to stealing merchandise from the store. The two are accused of placing an explosive device inside a lottery machine as well as next to a safe and a cash register which were located in the middle of the store , while the store was open for business. Police arrived in the store before any of the devices were detonated.  The pair were indicted by the feds today, March 5 2021.

In June the city was over run with rioters and looters that destroyed businesses and neighborhoods.  People were protesting the killing of a black male in Minneapolis, which is over 1000 miles away.

As alleged, these defendants were in possession of several explosive devices and appeared intent to use them,” said Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division.  “This type of behavior places our entire community in danger.  I commend the outstanding work of the Philadelphia Police Department who acted swiftly and were able to arrest these individuals before further harm could be done.  ATF, along with our local, state and federal partners remain dedicated to protecting our community from violent acts of all kinds.”

If convicted, both could s[pend the next 80 years in federal prison.  There were no injuries sustained in this robbery attempt, police said.


Alex Lloyd Gross
Alex Lloyd Gross has the reputation for aggressive news coverage. With over 40 years experience including working at The News Gleaner, and had his work published in books and magazines that span the entire globe. With a strong background in emergency service related topics, he can bring forth a perspective that others cannot.
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