MARTINSBURG, W.Va.—A Dundalk, Md., man accused of making a false report of a bomb in June at the Martinsburg Walmart was arraigned Thursday on the felony charge by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington, according to court documents.
Demon Keith Williams, 20, of 2041 Kellmore Road, and a 17-year-old boy are accused of making two false bomb threats June 11 at Walmart, according to court records.
Walmart employees told police at about 11:30 p.m. on June 11 they received two phone calls from a blocked number advising there was a bomb in the building.
Officers evacuated the building and secured the area until explosive detection dogs from West Virginia State Police, Maryland State Police, Frederick County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office were able to clear the building, police said.
The bomb threats caused Walmart to lose thousands of dollars in perishable items because the incident occurred when shelves were being restocked, police said.
The building was deemed safe June 12 at 2:48 a.m., and Walmart was able to resume business at that time, police said.
The suspects were staying in a dormitory at the Harpers Ferry Training Center in Jefferson County at the time the threats were made, police said.
A witness told police the calls were made with another person’s phone after the suspects smoked marijuana, according to court documents.