An Arizona man who allegedly made a bomb threat to the Fifth Gear shipping center in Louisiana on Saturday, July 25 has been arrested for that and allegedly making other threats to police and a woman in his home state.
“We’ll seek charges here when we get reports,” from Arizona said Louisiana Interim Police Chief April Epperson on Monday, July 27.
John G. Foster, 49, of Lake Havasu City allegedly made a “veiled bomb threat” to a Fifth Gear customer calling center about 11:15 a.m., according to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte.
That caused the evacuation of about one dozen workers in the center who were working a weekend shift. No one was injured during the incident.
Epperson, Korte, sheriff’s deputies and Louisiana Police officers arrived and quickly blocked off the firm’s Georgia Street building from the public. Korte then called for a bomb-sniffing dog from the O’Fallon Police Department. The dog found nothing after searching the large Fifth Gear warehouse for about two hours.
Foster allegedly called the center and “made a comment about something that goes boom,” Epperson said. He was a former customer but had not made a transaction for more than one year, she added.
The call was quickly traced back to Foster and Arizona authorities were alerted.
About the same time, a woman from Tucson, Ariz. called Lake Havasu City Police, claiming Foster had threatened to “kill her and her family,” according to police department Sgt. Kirk Cesena. The woman called Foster to confront him for allegedly using the name of her business on the Internet, Cesena said.
That prompted a call from the Lake Havasu City Police to Foster, who then allegedly told an officer over the phone that “he would snap his neck,” Cesena said.
Foster was later arrested on two counts of threatening and intimidating for the Arizona calls, Cesena said. He was also arrested for false reporting and hoax for the alleged Fifth Gear call.
Foster is out of jail on bond, Cesena added.