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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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