Indictments Expected today in Pizza Bomber Mystery … Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong?


Flashback 2003  … when  46 year old  Brian Wells robbed a suburban Erie, PA bank Pizza_Bomberwith the bomb attached to his neck and then was killed when it exploded as he sat handcuffed in a parking lot while police waited for a bomb squad. What happened next was some of the most bizarre live TV ever …

It is being reported that indictments are likely to come down today in this bizarre mystery.

Indictments will soon be handed up in the case of a pizza deliveryman who in August 2003 wound up in the middle of a bizarre bank robbery scheme that ended with a bomb around his neck exploding, according to lawyers involved with the case.

CNNis reporting that indictments will be for Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Kenneth Barnes.

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Authorities Appear Poised to Announce Indictments in the Strange, Fatal Bank Robbery Case

Monday, a federal public defender for a woman named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong filed court documents trying to prevent the government from holding a news conference to announce indictments. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh, which is handling the case, declined comment, as did federal public defender Thomas Patton’s office. (ABC)


New FBI Indictment Says Pizza Deliveryman In on Collar-Bomb Robbery.   Brian Wells played at least a limited role in the planning and carrying out of the bank robbery.   He is considered an un-indicted co-conspirator.

Marjorie-Diehl Armstrong and Kenneth Barnes have been indicted by the grand jury and their hearing will be July 13, 2007.


Indictment in Pizza Delivery Neck-Bomb Bank Robbery
U.S. v. Marjorie Diehl Armstrong, Kenneth Barnes.
July 9, 2007
A federal grand jury indicts two suspects in the Erie, Pennsylvania bank robbery that killed a pizza-delivery man using an explosive neck bomb device. According to the indictment, the defendants originally planned to to make appear that an indicted co-conspirator (pizza-deliveryman Brian Wells) “was merely a hostage by making it appear” that he was forced to follow the defendants’ instructions “to perpetrate the robbery and safely deactivate” the necklace bomb. However, if the pizza deliveryman did not give defendants “the bank robbery proceeds, [follow] instructions, and if he died, he could not be a witness.”

Armstrong is accused of killing “her live-in boyfriend, to keep him from disclosing the bank robbery plan.” On August 28, 20003, the defendants, the pizza deliveryman, and another co-conspirator attached the neck-bomb to Wells’ “neck and torso” before sending him off to rob the bank.

When Pennsylvania State Troopers stopped Wells, Diehl Armstrong and Barnes are accused of driving away from Wells (who still had $8,702.00 that he stole from the bank), subsequently causing the neck bomb to explode and kill him

Posted July 11, 2007 by
Bizarre, Crime | 9 comments

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    9 Responses to “Indictments Expected today in Pizza Bomber Mystery … Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong?”

    1. NM on July 11th, 2007 12:37 pm

      I am so glad to see that the athorities have persisted and found someone responsible for this incredible horrible crime.

      Unfortunately, I still remember the horror and panic on this man’s face as he pleaded for his life waiting for the bomb squad.

    2. Susan on July 11th, 2007 12:42 pm

      This has to be one of the sickest, most bizarre cases in modern day :-( I can’t believe anyone would be so sick to actually put a ticking time bomb around another person’s neck just to watch the guy’s head blow off of his shoulders. Was it suppose to be a sick joke? I recall it being said that the poor guy was sent out on a “scavenger hunt”. If this “biotch” did it, her penalty should be to have her head blown off in the same manner!

    3. Rob on July 11th, 2007 2:40 pm

      We’ve been following this one here for almost 4 years. I sure hope it’s get solved soon.

      The Victim – Brian Wells needs to rest in peace.

      Thanks for covering this case and giving it the exposure it truly needs Red and Klaas.

    4. oldencrabby on July 11th, 2007 5:42 pm

      This certainly has been a bizarre case. I just can not believe that Brian Wells was involved in the plotting/planning of this robbery. According to news clips that I have seen from time to time, people who knew him believe he would not be involved in something like this. I read that his family is very upset by these charges, as they have a right to be. I only wish the other man who was probably involved was still alive to receive punishment. This is certainly one case I will be following through to the end.

    5. paulus vandersloot on July 11th, 2007 7:37 pm

      I agree with the Wells family.I don’t believe Brian placed the bomb on his neck willingly.Also I think brian was just a pizza boy doing his job and was forced at gunpoint to wear the bomb.Face it they found her boyfriend in her freezer shot and dead.

    6. nonesuche on July 11th, 2007 10:52 pm

      paulus? what would you know about truth or justice?

    7. Skyboxx on July 12th, 2007 5:51 am

      If he was a co-conpirator, he is the dumbest, now deadest co conspirator….

      How did that pre planning meeting go?

      Dielh – In order to make this real, we have to put this bomb around your neck, and it has to be live in case you get caught by law enforcement. But don’t worry it has a timer. And here are your instructions.”

      Brian – “I get it, make it look real, tick, tock, tick tock. I suppose once the police find me, they will call in the bomb squad. I will just wait, tell them where the instructions are, play dumb and catch up later to split the money, right?”

      Sorry people, not sure I buy that one. The victim did tell them about the bomb, no mention of the “special instructions” found in the car.

    8. Wendy on July 12th, 2007 7:46 am

      Whats unclear to me is was it Barnes.. the one she killed and they found his head in the freezer?

    9. Jon on July 19th, 2007 2:17 am

      he sure messed up the police cars #7

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