Man accused of kidnap hoax, bombing ex-wife’s house in Louisiana

Robert Groomer, 42. Image courtesy NPSO

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) – An Oklahoma man is accused of creating bogus social media accounts and claiming he’d been kidnapped to try to get his ex-wife’s attention, and later bombing her house in Louisiana.

Bond is $1 million for 42-year-old Robert Groomer of Ardmore, Oklahoma. He’s being held in Natchitoches (NAK-uh-tesh) Parish, Louisiana. He was booked last month on two counts of attempted homicide and one each of aggravated arson, making or possessing a bomb, and violating a protective order.

KALB-TV reports that about three weeks ago, it and several other stations around Louisiana received messages claiming Groomer was being held hostage. The station provided the messages to investigators.

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The sheriff’s office says Groomer’s ex-wife and another resident told deputies that an explosion and fire woke them up Aug. 22.

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