Ex-KSU professor indicted on charges of having pipe bomb, stealing car

A former part-time Kennesaw State University professor has been indicted on charges alleging he put a pipe bomb in a stolen car. The discovery of the bomb caused the evacuation of an Acworth neighborhood for nearly five hours on July 11.

Cobb County sheriff’s deputies showed up to Brent Christopher Allsup’s Acworth home on July 11 to arrest him on warrants for theft by taking and making false statements.

Allsup had previously worked as a financial analyst at Quikrete concrete company and had the authorization to buy and sell company vehicles. When he was terminated in February 2018, he used that power of attorney to sign a $25,000 Chevrolet Tahoe over from the company to himself, the warrants allege.

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As the deputies were arresting Allsup, he told them there was a pipe bomb in the stolen Tahoe, police said. The Cobb County Police Department’s bomb squad had to remove the device, and the subdivision was evacuated until noon. The bomb was made with a PVC pipe, flash powder, gunpowder and an “electric ignition system,” police said. 

The indictment, returned Oct. 4, includes charges of theft by taking, making false statements, unlawful handling of explosive devices and reckless conduct. 

Allsup was previously charged with three counts of felony drug possession after being found passed out inside the KSU student center in October 2017. At the time, he was 

working part-time as a professor in the business college’s school of accounting. Allsup told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he had simply mixed up his medications that morning, causing an adverse reaction. Police found an assortment prescription pills and a half-empty beer can in his truck. He resigned from KSU shortly after that incident.

Allsup remains in jail on the latest charges on a $10,000 bond. 

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