Updated: Man tries to extend Christmas break, calls in bomb threat
POSTED: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 9:21pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 7:31pm
WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE:
Another 20 year-old has been arrested for calling in a bomb threat at Trinity Marine on Thursday.
NBC33 has been told that Kent Jay Lewis was actually the one who called in that threat.
Investigators say Alex Didier, who was arrested on terrorism charges yesterday, offered to pay him $100 to do it.
Lewis was already in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on unrelated charges, and he told investigators he was upset that he never got the money Didier promised him.
Lewis will be charged with communicating false info of planned arson once he's extradited to West Baton Rouge.
ORIGINAL STORY (12/27/11) According to detectives in West Baton Rouge Parish, Alex Didier, 20, of Denham Springs called in a bomb threat on Thursday, to his job at Trinity Marine Products, trying to get an early start to his holiday.
"They contacted the sheriff's office immediately," said West Baton Rouge Detective Tommy Schiro. "So we went and evacuated over 100 people out of there."
Didier was one of those evacuated employees. The company had to stop all production, as special units combed through the building trying to find a bomb, or explosive devices. After no bomb was found, work on tracing the phone call began and pointed directly to someone inside the building.
"Phone records showed that the only call coming into Trinity Marine was from Mr. Didier's cell phone, it was registered to him," Detective Schiro said.
Didier was arrested by deputies when he reported back to work Tuesday. While allegedly looking for an extended Christmas holiday, it appears that his time off may now be permanent.
"We've had bomb threats before," said Detective Schiro. "But nothing to get off early for Christmas."
Schiro said Didier has a previous criminal history out of East Baton Rouge Parish. The investigation continues and another arrest is possible.
We reached out to company officials with Trinity Marine Products, but were unsuccessful in getting a response.