Portsia Smith covers Louisa County crime and news.
UPDATE: (from Louisa County Sheriff’s Office)
Thanks to all the tips from several concerned citizens in our area, Danielle Messineo, 38 of Harper Rd in Orange, has been located and arrested. After tips were received an Attempt to Locate (ATL) was sent to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and officers made multiple visits and located Danielle Messineo. She was placed under arrest, and brought before a magistrate. This time she was held without bond, and was committed to the Central Virginia Regional Jail to await trial in the same court she is alleged to have made threats to bomb. Thanks again to all the concerned citizens and to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for all the assistance in bringing Danielle Messineo to face justice.
A local woman suspected in a string of courthouse bomb threats is wanted by Louisa County authorities.
Danielle Antoinette Messineo, 38, of Harper Drive in Orange County is wanted in Louisa for failing to appear in court on March 20.
She was scheduled to appear in Louisa General District Court on March 13, but a bomb threat was received that day and the courthouse was evacuated, according to Louisa officials.
An investigation revealed that the threat came from a phone belonging to Messineo. She was arrested the same day and sent to Central Virginia Regional Jail.
She was later released on a $10,000 secured bond.
When she did not show up to court on March 20, a capias was issued for her arrest.
A previous investigation has tied Messineo to bomb threats in three localities.
After receiving a bomb threat at the Louisa General District Court on Aug 4, 2011, Louisa detectives launched their first investigation.
This investigation led to contact with detectives from Orange and Culpeper counties that were investigating similar bomb threat in their jurisdictions.
A meeting was arranged between Detective Mark Stanton of Louisa, Detective Amy Ressler of Orange and Detective W.O. Hayes of Culpeper to compare all of the threats. During that meeting, it was discovered that Messineo was scheduled in court in each of the localities on the days the threats were made.
“As a result of the combined efforts of the Louisa, Orange and Culpeper Sheriff’s offices, we were able to plan for her next move and make an arrest accordingly,” Stanton said.
So deputies were prepared to expect a bomb threat on March 13 and able to make an arrest.
Since her release, authorities have not been able to determine Messineo’s whereabouts.
She is known to have lived in Culpeper, Orange and Madison counties. She has faced several charges locally, which include fraud, credit card theft, writing bad checks and threatening to bomb or burn a building.
Her next court date in Louisa is scheduled for May 8. her 39th birthday is Thursday.
Anyone with information on this case, previous cases or the location of Messineo is asked to call the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office at540/967-1234
or anonymously at Louisa Crimesolvers at 800/346-1466