Man ac­cused in bomb scare de­nied bail

Judge or­ders men­tal eval­u­a­tion

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

An Ox­ford man charged with plac­ing a pack­age he thought was a bomb in New­ton Plaza was de­nied bond in New­ton County Su­pe­rior Court on Tues­day.

Kevin John­son, 29, faces counts of ter­ror­is­tic threats and pos­ses­sion of a hoax de­vice and was de­nied bond be­cause he was deemed a threat to the com­mu­nity.

Judge John Ott also or­dered John­son to un­dergo a men­tal eval­u­a­tion.

John­son was ar­rested and charged on Feb. 15 af­ter he al­leg- edly placed a manila pack­age with red writ­ing that he thought was a bomb in N ew t o n Plaza, ac­cord­ing to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment. The pack­age was found by a store owner on the morn­ing of Feb. 15 out­side the Wain and Com­pany Bar­ber Shop and State Farm In­sur­ance.

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice and the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s Bomb Dis­posal Unit were called to han­dle the threat. The GBI’s REMOTEC An­dros brand ro­bot took the pack­age to a safe lo­ca­tion in the al­ley­way be­hind the busi­nesses be­fore blow­ing it up us­ing rounds sim­i­lar to shot­gun shells.

No ex­plo­sive ma­te­rial was found in the pack­age.

Po­lice traced the pack­age to John­son be­cause he had writ­ten his name and ad­dress on the out­side.

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