Tue, May 01, 2007
Case Will Be Pursued As Felony
Two teenagers were arrested Friday in connection with a bomb
threat that shut down Abilene Regional Airport for three hours.
Abilene police said a tip led investigators to the two boys
whose names and ages were not released, according to the Associated
One was taken into custody at his home Friday and the other at
Abilene Police Sergeant John Reid said the department will
pursue the case as a felony. They are expected to be charged with
making a terroristic threat, which is a 3rd degree felony.
A conviction could send them to jail for up to 10 years.
As ANN reported, city
spokeswoman Lenka Wright said the threat was reported through a
third party around 8:15 Thursday morning, and about 50 people were
removed from the terminal. Flight departures and arrivals were
delayed, and state highway 36 was also closed.
Shortly after explosive-sniffing dogs brought in from nearby
Dyess Air Force Base found nothing, the airport was allowed to
"We have a plan in place for situations like this," said ABI
Aviation Director Don Green. "We take every threat seriously and
are thankful this ended without the threat being carried out. We
appreciate our customers being so understanding... since we tried
to put their safety first."
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