Ex-WPB employee who made bomb threats, set car on fire can step outside

The former West Palm Beach employee who police say set his car on fire and made a bomb threat against the city was given permission to have a little more space while he awaits trial on house arrest.

In court Monday, Judge Charles Burton granted part of Douglas Ellington’s motion to be able to work outside his home but still within the fenced property to do things like mow the lawn and get ready for hurricane season.

Douglas Ellington

Douglas Ellington

But, Burton denied the other part of his attorney’s motion to lift the 24/7 adult-supervision condition. Ellington’s public defender, Ilana Marcus, wrote the supervision has caused “hardship upon his family,” but she did not go into details.

“Mr. Ellington, hang in there,” Burton said.

On Feb. 29, Ellington drove his car to the West Palm Beach water management site on Roebuck Road near Florida’s Turnpike and set his car on fire, according to city police. As the 52-year-old left, he stopped an employee, told him to get out of his truck and placed what he claimed was a bomb on his car, police said. The state attorney said the “fake bomb” was just one step away from being functional. Investigators also discovered Ellington had researched how to build bombs online.

Around the same time, Ellington was arrested for making bomb threats against the city of Riviera Beach. The state did not file charges in that case.

Since he was placed on house arrest, Ellington has been treated by Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as part of the conditions of his release. In court, Marcus mentioned Ellington was declared competent to stand trial in June

Ellington’s trial date is set for Oct. 26.

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