I am very pleased to announce that today an arrest was made in the case of a bomb threat against the Navarro County Justice Center. The threat was was called in to our dispatch center on October 29, 2015. As you may recall, we had activated our Emergency Operations Center and were operating under a County Emergency Declaration because of severe flooding in the County. Our dispatch was inundated with calls for the Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Operations Center at the time of the threat. The threat was not specific enough to determine if it was made solely against the Justice Center or if it also included the Emergency Operations Center adjacent to the Justice Center. Regardless, this was a stressful and trying time for the citizens and especially the officials trying to perform rescues and insure the safety of the citizens. Various State and local law enforcement officers along with State Representative Byron Cook, U.S. Congressman Joe Barton, and various other local elected or appointed officials, had already been or were currently inside the Emergency Operations Center at the time of the threat. Detective Sergeant Jason Earles immediately began working the case as the lead investigator and was assisted by Detective Sergeant Randy Clay. After many man hours of investigation, multiple search warrants executed, numerous interviews and conferring with the Navarro County District Attorney, Detective Sergeant Earles obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect on a State Jail Felony charge of False Alarm or Report. The suspect resides in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Sergeant Earles forwarded the wanted person information to Deputy U.S. Marshall Simmons of the North Texas Fugitive Task Force for assistance in serving the outstanding warrant.
Today at approximately 2:15 pm, I was advised by Deputy U.S. Marshall Simmons that the suspect had been arrested in Michigan on our outstanding warrant.
I am extremely proud of our Detectives who worked diligently on this investigation but I specifically would like to thank Sergeant Jason Earles for his dedication and willingness to go the extra mile in solving this case. I thank the U.S. Marshalls service and especially Deputy U.S. Marshall Simmons who has always assisted the N.C.S.O. anytime that we have requested her assistance. It is my hope that the suspects who would consider committing these types of threats or spoofing calls will now fully understand that we can and will find you no matter what state or area you commit such an offense.
Navarro County Sheriff