Two accused of making false bomb threats at Martinsburg Walmart

August 10, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Dundalk, Md., man and a 17-year-old boy are accused of making two false bomb threats June 11 at the Martinsburg Walmart, the Martinsburg Police Department said Friday.

A warrant charging Demon Keith Williams, 20, of 2041 Kellmore Road in Dundalk, with one count of making a false report of a bomb was issued through Berkeley County Magistrate Court, police said.

Williams has yet to be arraigned on the felony charge, but police said authorities in Maryland have been contacted to arrest him, according to a news release.

The juvenile was charged through a juvenile petition with the bomb threat at the retail center at 800 Foxcroft Ave., police said.

Reported June 11 at about 11:30 p.m., Walmart employees told police they received two phone calls from a blocked number advising there was a bomb in the building.

Officers evacuated the building and secured the area until K-9 explosive detection dogs from West Virginia State Police, Maryland Sate Police, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office were able to clear the building, police said.

The bomb threats caused Walmart to lose thousands of dollars in perishable items because the incident occurred when shelves were being restocked, police said.

The building was deemed safe June 12 at 2:48 a.m., and Walmart was able to resume business at that time, police said.

The suspects were staying in a dormitory at the Harpers Ferry Training Center in Jefferson County at the time the threats were made, police said.

In a separate case, Martinsburg Police said Friday that the bomb threat received Aug. 1 at Chick-Fil-A at 1005 Foxcroft Ave. in Martinsburg still was under investigation.

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