Robbery Suspect Had Homemade Bomb, Police Say


     A man who Homer Police says is responsible for robbing the Grog Shop at gunpoint Sunday night has been caught. Police believe 50-year-old John Allen Mumey may have had a homemade bomb in his possession during the crime.

     Homer Police say Mumey and an accomplice – 32-year-old Terry Jean Lashley-Elliot – robbed the Grog Shop shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, taking with them a box of beer and $293.

     Both have been arrested and charged with First Degree Robbery.

     In a criminal complaint filed at the Homer Courthouse Wednesday morning, Homer Police Sgt. Larry Kuhns says police responded to a 911 call from a store employee, who gave a description of Mumey and an account of what happened.

     Police scoured the wooded area near the Poopdeck Trail behind the building. Kuhns says in his complaint that they soon found several items related to the robbery that looked like they may have been dropped after a fall. The items included the cash drawer from the Grog Shop – with cash and receipts still in it – a blue bag, a leather belt and a bottle of Alaskan White beer, the same type of beer the employee had reported stolen.

      Police also found what Kuhns describes as an Improvised Explosive Device – or IED. The homemade IED was made from a clear plastic bottle, says Kuhns. It contained screws and shotgun pellets and had a green fuse protruding from the top wrapped in blue painter’s tape.

     The next day, police received a tip from an unidentified Homer resident with information about the robbery. The caller said they had had contact with Mumey following the robbery at the nearby Heritage Hotel, where Mumey brought a box of Alaskan White beer.

     Police searched a Dumpster at the hotel and found the empty beer box and a pair of gloves that may have been used in the crime.

     Sgt. Kuhns also reviewed video surveillance footage from the Grog Shop, which showed Mumey carrying a blue bag like the one found outside the store and wearing gloves like the ones found in the hotel Dunmpster.

     After securing a search warrant, Homer Police searched a home shared by Mumey and Lashley-Elliot. Inside they found items related to the crime and the homemade bomb.

     Kuhns says that Lashley-Elliot admitted to the crime during questioning, saying she drove Mumey to the Grog Shop and reconnected with him afterwards. Lashley-Elliot said Mumey had used the stolen money to buy alcohol, heroin and methamphetamine. 

     According to Alaska court records, Mumey has a lengthy criminal history, stretching back to 1992.

     A preliminary hearing in this case is set for December 28th at the Homer Courthouse. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.