Lebanon police chief IDs suspect in bomb threat that caused city building evacuation

Lebanon police have identified a Waynesville man who allegedly made a bomb threat that resulted in the evacuation of the Lebanon City Building on March 2, 2021. An arrest warrant has been issued for William Joseph Thomas. FILE PHOTO




A stroll along Broadway Street in downtown Lebanon presents you with historic charm, great gift ideas, delicious food, and great holiday cheer. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF
Lebanon police have identified a Waynesville man who allegedly made a bomb threat that resulted in the evacuation of the Lebanon City Building on March 2, 2021. An arrest warrant has been issued for William Joseph Thomas. FILE PHOTO A stroll along Broadway Street in downtown Lebanon presents you with historic charm, great gift ideas, delicious food, and great holiday cheer. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

Lebanon police are looking for a Waynesville man for allegedly making a bomb threat that resulted in the temporary evacuation earlier this month of the Lebanon City Building.

William Joseph Thomas, 38, was identified as the suspect who allegedly made the March 2 bomb threat by telephone to the Lebanon City Building at 50 N. Broadway St., Lebanon Police Chief Jeffrey Mitchell said in a social media post.

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An arrest warrant was issued March 12 and charges were filed against Thomas in Lebanon Municipal Court for making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.

City Manager Scott Brunka said there were between 30 and 40 people in the building when the threat was called in to the city’s municipal court. After a sweep of the building turned up nothing, Brunka said employees returned to finish out the work day.

Anyone with any information should contact police at 513-932-4444.

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