Affidavit: Employee at Lufkin Pilgrim's Pride called in bomb threat, cost plant $400K

Affidavit: Employee at Lufkin Pilgrim's Pride called in bomb threat, cost plant $400K

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police Department officers picked up a 39-year-old man on a felony arrest warrant Wednesday in connection to allegations that he called in a bomb threat to the Pilgrim's Pride plant back in May.

According to the arrest affidavit, the bomb threat caused the plant to suffer a pecuniary loss of $2,200 in employee productivity along with several hundred thousand dollars in loss of product.

Almuhajir Askari Salahuddin, aka Thomas Green, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony terroristic threat charge and for capias pro fine warrants for misdemeanor traffic charges. Collectively, his bail amount has been set $1,251 for the four misdemeanor charges.

The arrest affidavit stated that Salahuddin called in the fake bomb threat to 911 at about 1:24 p.m. on May 12. As a result, Lufkin PD officers and Lufkin Fire Department personnel were called out to the Pilgrim's pride plant located at 1710 W. Frank Ave.

"The false 911 bomb threat insinuated that a bomb was at the facility and that the defendant's family was in danger," the affidavit stated.

The bomb threat also influenced the activities of a branch of the federal government by causing USDA inspectors to leave the Pilgrim's Pride, the affidavit stated.

Because the USDA workers weren't present, the Pilgrim's Pride had to discard about 150,000 chickens and dispose of them at the Angelina County landfill, resulting in a monetary loss of approximately $490,370, the affidavit stated.

"The false bomb threat 911 call interrupted the place of employment, causing Pilgrim's Pride to have had a pecuniary loss of more than $2,200 in employee salary productivity loss along with several thousand dollars in loss of product."

The facts section of the affidavit stated that the 911 caller said he worked at the plant. However, when the dispatcher asked for more information, the caller said "they had have his ID and he was telling too much and he disconnected the call."

An LPD trace was placed on the call, and further investigation revealed that the call was placed from a T-Mobile cell phone with Thomas Green listed as the subscriber. The call was later "pinged" inside the back employee gate of Pilgrim's Pride.

When Lufkin PD officers spoke to members of management at the Lufkin Pilgrim's Pride plant, they located Thomas Green, who had his cell phone with him. It turned out that he doesn't live in Lufkin, and the phone number wasn't the same.

Later, the plant's safety director called the police and said that Salahuddin had been late for work because of an ADAC meeting. He brought back a return-to-work slip dated May 19 that utilized the name Tommy Green.

Further investigation of Salahuddin showed that he had numerous aliases, including Thomas Green. According to the affidavit, the investigation also revealed that he had multiple dates of birth listed for his aliases, along with convictions for attempted murder intentionally causing death, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felony, and drug charges.

"During the investigation, your affiant was made aware by Pilgrim's Pride Human Resources that the defendant had been disgruntled and been moved from several departments while employed within Pilgrim's Pride," the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, Green admitted to living in the 900 block of South Second Street and having the T-Mobile phone that was pinged by the Lufkin PD. However, he allegedly denied making the 911 bomb threat and said that he has allowed people to use his phone while they were on break, but he couldn't identify anyone.

After Salahuddin gave permission for police to do a forensic check of his phone, it revealed that its call logs before June 10 had been wiped, the affidavit stated.  However, messages from May 12 were still on the phone.

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