Suspect arrested in Central ISD bomb threat

Suspect in Central ISD bomb threat has been arrested

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man has been arrested in connection to the Central ISD bomb threat that was called in to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch.

Det. J.B. Smith with the Lufkin Police Department said that the Central ISD Police Department and the ACSO arrested Scott Thompson, 34, on a charge of false alarm or report Wednesday evening.

Central ISD’s administration made the decision to cancel class at its various campuses Wednesday to err on the side of caution after the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch received a phoned-in bomb threat about CISD at about 4 a.m.

“Peace officers for Central ISD, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating a bomb threat that caused the cancellation of classes on Central ISD campuses,” a bulletin on the Crime Stoppers page stated. “Explosive devices were not found, but the threat is a state-jail felony crime.”

Cliff Trevathan, the chief of the Central ISD Police Department, said they have the audio of the phone call recorded and that they will be working with Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers to see if someone can help authorities identify the person who made the call.

Listen to the audio here: htttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=xFaT4Mk4o8c

A bomb threat called into the Angelina County Sheriff's Office 911 dispatch early Wednesday morning prompted Central ISD 's administration to cancel classes. (Source: KTRE Staff)
A bomb threat called into the Angelina County Sheriff's Office 911 dispatch early Wednesday morning prompted Central ISD 's administration to cancel classes. (Source: KTRE Staff) (Source: KTRE Staff)

According a bulletin on the Crime Stoppers page, the call with the threat came in at about 4:11 a.m. Wednesday morning. The call was less than 12 seconds, and the male-sounding caller said, “Yeah, there might be a bomb at Central school tomorrow. Y’all want to check that out. I wouldn’t want to go on that pumpkin patch ride thing,” the Crime Stoppers bulletin stated.

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“The dispatcher attempted to collect additional information, but the caller said nothing more,” the Crime Stoppers bulletin stated.

Trevathan said the district decided to cancel class Wednesday to be on the safe side. He added that once law enforcement clears the Central ISD campuses, they expect to return to their normal school schedule Thursday.

A bomb threat called into the Angelina County Sheriff's Office 911 dispatch early Wednesday morning prompted Central ISD 's administration to cancel classes. (Source: KTRE Staff)
A bomb threat called into the Angelina County Sheriff's Office 911 dispatch early Wednesday morning prompted Central ISD 's administration to cancel classes. (Source: KTRE Staff) (Source: KTRE Staff)

Law enforcement officers will be present on the Central ISD campuses throughout the rest of the week. Trevathan said.

“If you know who made the threat, submit a Crime Stoppers tip. No one will know your name or that you submitted the tip, and a tip that correctly identifies the offender might be eligible for a reward,” the Crime Stoppers bulletin stated. “Crime Stoppers does not put a limit on the reward amount for crime-solving information; reward amounts are based on several factors, such as the investigatory value of the information provided.”

Anyone with any information on the bomb threat is urged to visit the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers page and click the “Solve This” link under the bulletin. Tipsters may also use the Crime Stoppers app or call (936) 639-TIPS. The audio is also available on the Crime Stoppers Facebook page.

“Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and might be eligible for a reward,” the Crime Stoppers bulletin stated.

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