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