October 11, 2006
The Culpeper Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a bomb threat that closed every school in the county last week.
"We were able to track down some leads that we had been working on in the case, which established probable cause for a search warrant [for] two different residences here in town," said Lt. Patrick Coffey of the Culpeper Police Department.
In an apartment on Willis Lane, Culpeper County Police found several items that they believe were used to make death threats. Police arrested 25-year-old Mark Robinson and charged him with several felonies including six counts of making bomb threats.
“It appeared that the suspect used some type of voice distortion device when making the calls. We were able to recover those types of devices during our search warrant, which we believe are linked to our case," said Lt. Coffey.
Robinson's threats date back to September when police said he threatened a local hotel and the police department. Just last week another bomb threat was called in forcing all public and private schools in the district to close down.
"The same types of threats were made to the Best Western, that were made to the police department and to the Culpeper County Schools. That helped us link the two together from the recordings we received from our 911 center and the previous cases," explained Lt. Coffey.
Robinson was denied bond and he will remain in the Culpeper County Jail until his preliminary hearing is in a few weeks.
Police said the second warrant was issued for 19-year-old Justin Brown of Culpeper who is still being questioned and police have not made an arrest.
The Culpeper Police Department was able to track down the men by working with the Virginia State Police and the FBI.