There are fresh developments in the case of a local soldier who was home on leave when he was detained by Port St. Lucie police after they claimed to have discovered a stash of weapons in his car, including at least one phony bomb.
Police body camera footage that has just been made public reveals what happened on August 28.
A police officer could be heard asking Johann Robey, 21, “What’s with all the weapons?”
Sir, I’m in the military,” Robey said.
Around 4 p.m., a 911 call was received regarding an automobile collision in a yard near Southeast Prineville Street and Southeast Crosspoint Drive in Port St. Lucie.
Robey was discovered to be operating the car when a police officer stopped it for a traffic violation.
The officer instructed Robey to take remove her seatbelt.
Officers noticed an AR-15 rifle in the front seat and noticed Robey was wearing a tactical vest.
An cop removed a weapon from a holster after pulling Robey out of the car.
Officer: “Cuff him up for a second.”
Police discovered a large ziplock bag inside the car after Robey consented to a search, which revealed what looked to be two bricks of C-4 explosives along with some wiring.
It was ultimately declared safe by the bomb squad of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
Robey is now charged with eight offenses, including using a weapon to place a fake bomb, a first-degree felony.
In the footage, an officer is heard saying, “Pull him out.” Bring him to the rear of the vehicle.
Last week, a judge refused Robey’s request for release, stating that the evidence implies he poses a “imminent, very significant danger to public safety and himself” and that it is a good chance for the court to address the defendant’s mental health issues as well as society’s needs.
According to the arrest document, Robey allegedly broke out of his restraints inside the police station, adding charges of escape.
Next month, Robey will also have a hearing over a Risk Protection Order related to the confiscation of his guns.