NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Investigators with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office have filed charges against the man who is accused of making a threat against the Cody Jinks concert that had been scheduled for Oct. 26 from his prison cell.
According to a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect in the case has been identified as Robert Dulaney, 45, of Longview. A third-degree felony terroristic threat charge has been filed against him.
“Country Music Singer, Cody Jinks was scheduled to perform at the concert when an employee with the Nacogdoches County Civic Center received an anonymous phone call on the morning of October 26, 2019,” the press release stated. “The caller made a specific threat that he intended to shoot several people during the concert.”
An investigation was started immediately after the sheriff’s office was notified about the threat, which prompted the cancelation of the concert.
NCSO investigators learned that the phone call was made using a VOIP number (voice over internet protocol) through a cell phone app, the press release stated. The investigators learned that the phone used was a prepaid cell phone, and they found an e-mail account that was linked to the VOIP number.
“Investigators determined that the phone was being used somewhere in the Gatesville area but was not able to pinpoint the exact location,” the press release stated. “Several subpoenas and search warrants were obtained by NCSO investigators and issued to several different companies in an effort to obtain more information.”
NCSO investigators put in hundreds of manpower hours looking through documents, and they eventually found a link to a suspect, the press release stated.
“Investigators learned that the suspect was currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the Alfred Hughes Unit in Gatesville, Texas,” the press release stated. “The suspect was identified as Robert Dulaney 45 years of age. Dulaney has been in prison since 2006.”
According to the press release, the NCSO investigators learned that while Dulaney has been serving his prison sentence, he has several reported violations of being caught with a cell phone.
Later, the investigators found more links that indicated Dulaney was the person who created the account that the phone call was made from, the press release stated. Then they set about proving that he was the person who made the phone call and not another prisoner inside the unit.
“On Thursday, November 14, 2019, two investigators with NCSO went to the Alfred Hughes Unit in Gatesville, Texas to conduct an interview with the suspect,” the press release stated. “While speaking with Dulaney he was very cooperative with law enforcement. Investigators obtained a full confession from him.”
During the interview, Dulaney gave details about where he made the phone call from inside the prison. He told the NCSO investigators exactly what he said over the phone, and what he told them matched up with other facts in the investigation, the press release stated.
“Investigators requested that prison authorities conduct another search of Dulaney’s housing area while investigators interviewed Dulaney,” the press release stated. “During the search, a cell phone was discovered in the door frame of Dulaney’s prison cell.”
Dulaney allegedly admitted that he had access to Facebook while he was using the cell phone in prison. He told investigators that he got angry after he learned that his girlfriend was going to attend the Cody Jinks concert, the press release stated.
“Dulaney stated that he called two different county offices in Nacogdoches until he spoke with someone at the civic center,” the press release stated. “Dulaney then made his threat over the phone in an attempt to have the concert canceled.”
Now that a terroristic threat charge has been filed against Dulaney, he will be bench warranted back to Nacogdoches County to answer for the charge.
In addition, NCSO investigators are working with the Office of the Inspector General on the case. The OIG’s office is likely to pursue charges on Dulaney for having a prohibited item inside a correctional facility, and that case will be prosecuted in Coryell County, the press release stated.
“We are glad to see that the outcome was not a serious threat to our citizens.,” Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in the press release. “We are sad to see that someone would use such poor and selfish judgment that had a large impact on thousands of people that were planning on attending this concert. Many people had traveled a great distance to attend the event.”
Bridges said that even though Dulaney is currently serving a prison sentence, his investigators will continue to do their due diligence on the case to make sure Dulaney is fully prosecuted.
In today’s society we have to treat any type of threat with the highest priority and validity until we can prove otherwise.,” Bridges said.
According to the press release, the Texas Rangers and the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office assisted in the investigation.
The Cody Jinks concert has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Nacogdoches County Civic Center.