A spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that they have arrested and detained a man believed to be responsible for a recent bomb threat.
The defendant, 23 year-old Brandon Wimsatt, has been charged with falsely reporting a bomb to a business. Wimsatt is believed to have called in the threat last month. Jail records show he was booked into the system on June 11th. It is believed he hired a bondsman in order to secure his release later that afternoon.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department confirmed bail for the defendant had been set at $10,000. The cost to purchase bail bonds is 10%, which means Wimsatt would have paid $1,000 to arrange a bond.
The incident unfolded on May 28 when a then unidentified suspect called in a bomb threat to a local retailer. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials were dispatched to the scene. They were unable to locate any suspicious devices, packages or explosive devices. It was at that time that they decided to take a closer look at the anomalous phone call.
Deputies quickly traced the number to Wimsatt and were able to determine his telephone was used to facilitate the threat. They also said he reportedly took steps to try to evade being found out. The suspect was questioned, arrested and placed into handcuffs. It is unclear whether this is his first brush with the law.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has not indicated what the defendant’s motive may have been. The matter is ongoing.