Crime & Courts

Charlotte man arrested in bomb threat cases

Ammiel Maurice Harris

Authorities have charged a 31-year-old man in five bomb threat incidents since February, including at West Mecklenburg High School, Central Piedmont Community College and the Transit Center uptown.

Ammiel Maurice Harris of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of making a false bomb report, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. He was jailed on $25,000 bail.

Officers with CMPD’s Freedom division arrested Harris in the 2400 block of Kingspark Drive, off Dr. Carver Road and West Boulevard.

The latest bomb threats were made Wednesday night, police said.

About 8:30 p.m., a bomb threat was called to the Bi-Lo at 1620 Ashley Road in CMPD’s Freedom Division.

The store was evacuated and searched, but no suspicious devices were found, police said.

Ten minutes later, police responded to a bomb threat at the Walmart at 3240 Wilkinson Blvd. The store was evacuated and searched but again, no suspicious devices were found, police said.

Police and the Charlotte Fire Department Arson Investigation Task Force also charged Harris in three other bomb threat incidents. No suspicious devices were found in any of the cases, police said.

On Feb. 9, West Mecklenburg High School was evacuated after a threat was made to the school on Tuckaseegee Road.

Bomb threats were made March 9, the first to the Transit Center on East Trade Street and shortly after to CPCC, police said.

All CATS buses at and returning to the Transit Center were checked, as well as light rail trains. CPCC was evacuated, police said.

“These types of threats will not be tolerated and are aggressively investigated and prosecuted,” police said in a statement announcing the arrest Thursday.

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