Arrest made in connection with bomb threat at Maryville factory

ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Alcoa Police Department has arrested a Maryville man in connection with a bomb threat made last week.

Roger Lee Sutfin, 33, has been charged with filing a false report.

On June 4, Blount County 911 received a call from a pay phone.

The caller told the 911dispatcher that there were three bombs in Newell Rubbermaid on William Blount Drive. And that the bombs would start detonating if the facility was not shut down.

Alcoa police officers responded to the business where the call was made, while Blount County Sheriff’s deputies, Officers from multiple agencies responded to Newell Rubbermaid and searched but found no explosives.

Upon interviewing witnesses where the phone call was made and pulling surveillance footage, a photo of the possible suspect was released through local news media. Tips from the release led to the identification of Sutfin as the man who called 911 from the business. Investigators say Sutfin was an employee of Newell Rubbermaid at the time of the bomb threat.

Sutfin was being held in lieu of a $10,000.00 bond pending a June 16 hearing.


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