Store work­ers in­volved in Wal­mart bomb threats scheme

Sus­pects ar­rested, charged

The Covington News - - Front page - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

Two lo­cal Wal­mart em­ploy­ees and a res­i­dent were ar­rested and charged with ter­ror­is­tic threats af­ter re­port­edly be­ing in­volved in two sep­a­rate bomb threats that caused an evac­u­a­tion of the Cov­ing­ton Wal­mart on Sept. 6 and 9.

Capt. Ken Mal­com with the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment said in a press re­lease an un­known per­son called in two sep­a­rate bomb threats to a Cov­ing­ton area Wal­mart stat­ing that there was a bomb in the build­ing and the store needed to be evac­u­ated. Cov­ing­ton po­lice re­sponded to each call and de­ter­mined they both were hoaxes.

Mal­com said the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Division, led by Capt. Phillip Brad­ford, Det. Brent Fuest­ing and Det. Jeff Bruno, then con­ducted a nearly month-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine who were in­volved with the threats.

Po­lice then iden­ti­fied La­trell Pitts of Green Street, as the caller and later dis­cov­ered Chake­dra Blocker of Beaver Dam Road, and Bri­anna Black of Set­tlers Grove Road were also in­volved in the threats.

Mal­com said Blocker and Black an­tic­i­pated Wal­mart would close the store and send their em­ploy­ees home in the event a bomb threat was made dur­ing their work­ing hours. He said the pair con­vinced Pitts to call in to the store and make the threats at the Cov­ing­ton Wal­mart on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. Blocker and Black would in turn give Pitts cash pay­ments for mak­ing the threats.

Af­ter fur­ther in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, po­lice de­ter­mined that the trio was also re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing a sim­i­lar threat to

the Cony­ers Wal­mart ear­lier this month. He said Pitts con­fessed to be­ing in­volved with those threats dur­ing an in­ter­view. Mal­com said the three made threats at the Cony­ers store in or­der to shoplift beer dur­ing the evac­u­a­tion.

The three were ar­rested and charged with two counts of ter­ror­is­tic threats af­ter they con­fessed to po­lice they were re­spon­si­ble for the bomb threats at Wal­mart, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

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