Shepherdsville Police arrest three people after pipe bomb discovered

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shepherdsville Police have arrested three people after a pipe bomb was discovered overnight.

According to Sgt. Kenneth Bernardi, it happened in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Joe B. Hall Avenue, near the interchange between E. 4th Street and I-65 in Shepherdsville.

Bernardi said that, shortly after 2 a.m. today, officers were called to the parking lot on a report of a disturbance. Police were called here after someone reported two men with knives coming to a hotel room.

Police say they found 20-year-old Pashence Hoffman, 25-year-old Mark Cundiff and 18-year-old Charles Keith in or around a vehicle in the parking lot.

Inside the vehicle, police allegedly found a pipe bomb. Bernardi said it was located in the back seat floor board.   Police say the pipe bomb was loaded with black powder, screws and nails and it had a fuse on one end.

Both the fire department and the LMPD Bomb Squad were called to the scene. Bernardi said the bomb squad, "took possession of the device."

Donnie Sanders who is staying at the Motel 6 in Shepherdsville is concerned about what he saw. He says, "I got woke up at 2:30 this morning by cop lights at a room that I pay $62 for and I walk down here didn't know what was going on, so I walked back up at 3:30, they were still here 4:30 they were still here. I had no idea if they caught a serial killer or something like that."

"The officers did exactly what they should have done," Bernardi said. "They secured the area immediately, called for the fire dept, called for the bomb squad immediately."

According to Bernardi, Hoffman, Cundiff and Keith all denied ownership of the pipe bomb, and claimed to have no knowledge of how it got there. As a result, all three of them were charged with Possession of a Destructive Device or Booby Trap Device. They were arrested and are currently in the Bullitt County Detention Center.

Police do not know the possible motive or the relationship between the three people.

"I feel like if there was a pipe bomb in the car, I'm glad you are all standing here because everybody out here needs to know because it might make it a little safer out here," Sanders said.

Police believe the three acted along and no others were involved.

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