A man called in a bomb threat to the Orlando Police Department late Tuesday, threatening to blow up the agency’s headquarters and other nearby buildings because people are being “put… out of work” due to the coronavirus crisis, an arrest report said.
Justin Demorea Black, 28, faces charges of false report of a bombing and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Police did not find any explosives when they arrested him, according to the report.
Police said a caller dialed 911 about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday — about two hours after Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced a county-wide stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — and claimed to have four bombs.
“I’m going to blow up the Orlando Police Department, I’m going to blow up the 7-Eleven, I’m going to blow up… there was a carwash,” the caller said, according to the report.
The man refused to tell a dispatcher where he was or give his name, police said, but added “when you hear explosions, just know I warned ya’ll first.”[The latest] Coronavirus has already changed college football recruiting calendar »
“Just know, that Coronavirus, y’all want to put people out of work… yeah… I’m gonna put some people out of work,” the caller said. “Have a good night.”
The caller then hung up. But police were able to trace his location to 440 South Orange Blossom Trail, which is a U.S. Post Office across the street from Orlando Police Department Headquarters.
An arriving OPD officer, Jerry Pergerson, spotted a man later identified as Black leaning against a nearby Lynx bus stop sign. Black was wearing work boots, jeans, a yellow construction vest and a white construction hard hat, Pergerson wrote. He was the only person in the area and was holding a cell phone to his ear, the officer said.