He also is accused of removing the family's air conditioning unit and running over it with the family car.
BAKER – A 37-year-old Baker man was arrested June 8 after showing his wife a cylindrical object with wires and a digital calculator on it and telling her it was a bomb.
Christopher Benedict Rouse told his wife of 15 years that it would detonate when exposed to sunlight, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. He also removed the home air conditioner unit and ran over it with the family car, the report said.
His wife fled with their two children to a neighbor’s house.
Rouse told her if she called the police it would be “suicide by cop” as law enforcement would have to shoot him when they arrived. He then placed the fake bomb on the dashboard of their family vehicle, which was about 100 feet from their home.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel were called and determined the bomb was a hoax, the report said.
Rouse was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and threatening to possess, mail or deliver a hoax bomb, the report said.