• Suspect sought after bomb threats at DeLand Courthouse on Election Day

    By: James Tutten


    DeLAND, Fla. - Threatening phone calls on Election Day claiming people “were going to die” at the DeLand Courthouse prompted a search for a bomb threat suspect, according to detectives with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

    Investigators said call-takers at the DeLand Courthouse received two threatening calls around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    The unidentified man said an incident would occur around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, prompting deputies to search the four-floor location early Wednesday morning with an explosive detection K-9, deputies said.

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    Investigators said no explosives were found.

    Detectives said they tracked the source of the calls to a phone inside a MetroPCS store that was used by a man dressed as a construction worker.

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    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Gerald Johnson at 386-943-7866 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477.

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