Utah woman tries to delay firing by reporting bomb threat, police say

Utah woman tries to delay firing by reporting bomb threat, police say

(Cache County Sheriff's Office)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Cache County woman was arrested after police say she tried to avoid being fired from her job by reporting a bomb threat.

The 21-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday for investigation of making a threat of terrorism.

The incident happened on Monday at a “large workplace” in Logan, according to a police affidavit. The supervisor there began receiving text messages just before 7 p.m. stating: “You’ll want to evacuate your workplace ASAP (purple devil emoji)” and “Tick Tock (purple devil emoji, bomb emoji, explosion emoji),” the affidavit states.

The supervisor initially didn’t think much of the threat until the suspect sent a message with the supervisor’s name, her workplace and the color of her car, the affidavit states.

“A report to dispatch was made soon after. The building was evacuated and no evidence of a bomb was found,” according to the affidavit.

A message, “Danger is in the air,” was then sent to another employee as well as to the woman they arrested, the affidavit states. When a detective examined the woman’s phone to figure out who sent the message, he discovered a TextNow app that linked back to her. That’s when police confronted the woman at her home.

“I told her I believed she had sent the texts and that I believe she had made a mistake and that it got out of control,” the affidavit states. “She then replied it was a mistake and she thought she was going to be fired from work and that’s why she did it.”

The woman went on to explain she had missed a lot of work lately and her supervisor was supposed to talk to her on Monday, so she “decided to take the attention off of herself” by texting in a bomb threat, according to the affidavit.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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