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Teen charged in bomb threat

BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

An 18-year-old man is accused of making a bomb threat that shut down a fast-food restaurant in Fredericksburg for nearly two hours Tuesday evening.

Trae’von Deandre Smith is charged with threatening to bomb a building, a Class 5 felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Smith was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $1,500 bond.

According to city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe, someone called the McDonald’s at 1212 Jefferson Davis Highway about 5:50 p.m. and reported that a bomb was in the business.

Employees and customers were evacuated, and a bomb detection dog from the Virginia State Police searched and found no explosives.

The building was reopened to the public about 7:30 p.m., Bledsoe said.

The ensuing investigation led police to the nearby Thomas Jefferson Motel, where Smith is staying with his mother and a younger sibling. He was taken into custody without incident.

It was not clear why the McDonald’s was targeted. Bledsoe said Smith does not work at the restaurant.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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