Tuesday, November 6, 2012 , Updated 9:14 a.m., November 8, 2012
UPDATED: Marcus High School student arrested in connection with bomb threat in Flower Mound
The charges have been upgraded to a third degree felony.
FLOWER MOUND The Flower Mound Police Department arrested 18-year-old Flower Mound resident Matt Pumphrey on Tuesday afternoon after connecting him to a bomb threat police say he made earlier in the day. Pumphrey is a student at Marcus High School.
Capt. Wendell Mitchell said the threat was just a hoax. The suspect is being charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class A misdemeanor.
[UPDATE: Later, the charges were upgraded to making a terroristic threat/impairing public/government service, which is a third degree felony. Pumphrey has been arraigned, and bond was set at $5,000.
"When we met with him and looked at the elements of this case, this fits a third degree felony," said Capt. Kurt Labhart.]
At 1:09 p.m., Flower Mound police received a report that a bomb threat was posted on a local Twitter user’s account from a person who saw the tweet.
Police say it’s unclear where the tweet was made.
Labhart said the Twitter message mentioned a red Acura in the town hall parking lot that would explode.
Mitchell said it is unclear what the motive was behind the threat, but he said the threat was just a hoax. Pumphrey told police it was just a joke.
“It had nothing to do with today being Election Day,” Mitchell said. “Town Hall was not a voting location. We don’t have a cause yet, and we’re still investigating.”
There have also been reports of a bomb threat made in Farmers Branch the same day, but Mitchell said those two incidents are not related.
Eastbound traffic on Cross Timbers Road was temporarily diverted by 1:40 p.m.
The evacuated buildings were re-opened at approximately 2:30 p.m.
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