Two women, man arrested in separate bomb threats in James City County

Posted at 6:55 AM, Oct 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-22 06:55:08-04

James City County, Va. – Two women and a man were arrested in James City County on Sunday after separate bomb threats were called in within minutes of each other.

The first incident happened at 6:20 pm when James City County Police and fire units arrived at a residence in the Green Springs Trailer Park.

A woman living there had called a relative reporting that a man at her home had a bomb and bomb making materials inside. SWAT, fire units, fire marshals, the Newport News fire department’s bomb squad and the FBI all responded and evacuated nearby residences while negotiators made contact with the resident.

Four people inside the trailer were detained and the residence was searched. No bomb or bomb making materials were located.

46-year-old John Francis Burns was arrested on two outstanding warrants for probation violation.

The 56-year old woman that reported the false bomb threat was transported to Williamsburg Sentara Regional Hospital for medical evaluation. Charges are pending.

The second incident occurred at 7:04 pm when JCCPD and JCC Fire Marshals responded to the Hardees on Richmond Road in Lightfoot when woman walked into the restaurant yelling that there was a bomb next door at the Super 8 Motel.

55-year-old Althea Patricia Willett of Williamsburg was taken into custody and charged with making a bomb threat. Officials determined that Willett was having problems with her room key and was not satisfied with the help the front desk was giving her.

She apparently was trying to use her key card on the wrong room number. Her room was searched and no bomb was located. No rooms or guests were evacuated.