Portsia Smith covers Louisa County crime and news.
Police locate woman suspected of bomb threats
Community tips led to the wherabouts of a local woman who was wanted by Louisa County authorities for making courthouse bomb threats to avoid appearing in court.
Danielle Antoinette Messineo, 39, of Harper Drive in Orange County was arrested Wednesday after tips were received at the Louisa sheriff’s office and the anonymous Louisa County Crimesolvers line.
“After tips were received, all leads were investigated and then an attempt to locate was sent to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and officers made multiple visits and located Danielle Messineo,” according to a new release from the Louisa sheriff’s office.
Messineo had been scheduled to appear in Louisa General District Court March 13 on a bad-check charge, but a bomb threat was received that day and the courthouse was evacuated, according to Louisa officials. Authorities said an investigation revealed that the threat came from a phone belonging to Messineo.
Messineo was arrested the same day and sent to the Central Virginia Regional Jail. She was later released on a $10,000 secured bond. When she failed to show up in court March 20, a warrant was issued for her arrest.
A previous investigation tied Messineo to bomb threats in three localities.
After a bomb threat was made against the Louisa General District Court on Aug. 4, 2011, Louisa detectives launched an investigation. The probe led to contact with detectives from Orange and Culpeper counties who were investigating similar bomb threats in their jurisdictions.
A meeting was arranged between detectives Mark Stanton of Louisa, Amy Ressler of Orange and W.O. Hayes of Culpeper to compare the cases. They discovered that Messineo was scheduled to be in court in each of the localities on the days the threats were made.
Deputies were prepared to expect a bomb threat on March 13, and arrested Messineo. Since she was released, however, authorities have not been able to find her until Wednesday.
In Louisa, she is charged with two counts of threatening to bomb or burn a building, failure to appear and writing a bad check.
She is being held without bond at Central Virginia Regional Jail and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.