Police: Gwinnett man jailed after leaving bomb in ex’s driveway

A Gwinnett man was in jail Friday on charges of terroristic threats related to a make-shift bomb placed in the driveway of the home his estranged girlfriend shared with her new boyfriend.

Ryan Michael Derose, 28, is charged with making terroristic threats and possession of a destructive device. He also was booked into the Gwinnett County jail on an outstanding warrant for theft.

Four police cars were dispatched to Pine Log Way in Buford two weeks ago after Derose’s former girlfriend Candi Beckner and her boyfriend Jacob Powell found a can filled with shotgun shells and lighter fluid and wrapped with black electrical tape in the driveway of the home they shared.

Powell said he had been arguing with Derose about his continuing to call Beckner the previous night. Powell told Derose “if he has a problem, they should settle it like men,” Officer Officer T.T. Davis wrote in his report.

Powell then quoted Derose’s retort. “If you hear a loud noise in the middle of the night, just know it is not about you.”

The bomb unit investigators determined it was a crude bomb but a potentially destructive one, Davis said.

Derose has a rap sheet in Gwinnett going back to 2004 on charges ranging from giving a false name to an officer and prowling and loitering to theft and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, according to court records.