The Edmond Sun

March 19, 2013

UPDATE: Police release new details in Edmond bomb threats

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Three threats called into two Edmond Walmart stores were made by a male voice saying a bomb would explode in 20-25 minutes, officers reported.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the investigation continues into the threats made during the weekend. Investigators believe the threats were connected, Monroe said.

Tuesday afternoon, the Edmond Police Department released the related incident reports.

At about 1:04 a.m. Saturday, Police Officer Jason Lewellyn was dispatched to the Walmart at 2200 W. Danforth. A male caller, possibly in his 20s, said there was a bomb in the store set to detonate in 20 minutes, a witness told Lewellyn.

Several officers, a K9 and Technical Investigator Rockie Yardley searched the store, Lewellyn stated. Management was advised they did not find anything out of the ordinary and they were to decide whether or not to let their employees and customers re-enter.

At about 3:55 p.m. Saturday a male caller, possibly in his 20s, said there was a chemical bomb in the store set to detonate in 25 minutes, according to a report filed by Police Officer Nicholas Tant, who was dispatched to the Walmart at 1225 W. I-35 Frontage Road. The employee who received the call said the male mentioned nitroglycerin as a component of the bomb, a witness told Tant.

Tant stated that he and other officers searched the store assisted by store managers to report if there was anything out of the ordinary. The telephone number called into the fitting room area was noted.

At about 4 p.m. Saturday, a male caller said a bomb in the building would detonate in 20 minutes, according to a report filed by Police Officer Jonathan Vincent, who was dispatched to the Walmart at 2200 W. Danforth. The caller had a deep voice and an accent, a witness told Vincent. He told her he didn’t care “if every SOB dies,” Vincent stated. The witness said she could hear another male mumbling in the background as well as papers being shuffled.

Vincent stated that he and other officers searched for anything suspicious but did not find anything out of the ordinary. An employee wrote down the phone number, but thought she wrote down an extra number.

Vincent stated it is likely the incident was likely connected to the earlier threat to the store as well as the threat to the other store.

Oklahoma City officers also responded to threats at Walmart stores during the same weekend.



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