By Chase Chapley
New details have emerged from the Lightning Bug’s capture last week. Horace Wagner, a.k.a. the Lightning Bug, had acquired some new equipment while staying at the Verzatt Estates. This new equipment apparently malfunctioned and caused the explosion.
Wagner had set up an alias in New Romford several months ago, presumably to make connections with new partners. Sources within the NRPD are not commenting on exactly who he was meeting with, but given his apartment at Verzatt Estates under the alias John Smith, it is assumed he met or was attempting to meet with rich clients.
At some point, Wagner was given new equipment to augment his Lightning Bug suit. It malfunctioned and caused the explosion at his apartment. Wagner then fled the scene in his suit, followed by a small swarm of insects, and was eventually captured by Speedster. The NRPD would not confirm what the new equipment was exactly, but they did confirm that it wasn’t nuclear or otherwise contagious. ATOM Labs scanned the room and confirmed the results.
Wagner is currently in jail, awaiting trial for several counts of destruction of property, illegal possession of advanced weaponry, vandalism, battery, and unlawful possession of mutated organisms.