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

Robert Groomer pretended to be kidnapped and/or abused in order to gain the attention of his ex wife, according to investigators. Source: 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 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.

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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