CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) is releasing new details in connection with an incident in the area of Locust Avenue and Sycamore Street earlier in the week.

The department offered photos Friday of what it says investigators found following a traffic stop on Sycamore St. Monday, September 9. An officer had pulled over 34-year-old Robert Jamal Pryor for allegedly having expired plates and tags. 

An explosives detection K-9 alerted his handler about something in the trunk of Pryor's car during a search of the vehicle. The driver claims it was an air pump left in there by his car dealer.

Authorities say the device is designed similar to a pipe bomb, and that's why they needed to take precautions and detonate the device. 

Pryor has been charged with possession of an explosive device, possession of marijuana, expired registration, and failure to have a vehicle properly inspected. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 7.


09/13/2019 Release from the Charlottesville Police Department:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- In response to recent media inquiries regarding the suspicious device from the traffic stop on Sycamore Street, the following update is being provided.

The Charlottesville Police Department sent the below device to the state lab for analysis.

Based on the pipe-bomb design of the pressurized device, inaccurately characterized as an “air pump,” and the circumstances surrounding the encounter, CPD Officers and VSP responded appropriately by containing and then disrupting the device.