Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A Walton County teenager is arrested for threatening to bomb his own place of residence after WCSO Deputies uncover the plot happening inside the home on Loblolly Bay Drive in Santa Rosa.
Landon Lawrence, 18, was arrested this week following an investigation into a bomb threat the morning of October 13th on Loblolly Bay Drive. The home’s owner stated her son was receiving threatening text messages while at school; one of which stated there was a bomb inside the house. She told WCSO she believed someone had been in the home, because her son received a text saying the person had taken an item from inside and that item was missing.
Deputies evacuated all other houses on Loblolly Bay from Red Bay court to Harbor Mist drive and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was notified and responded to the scene as well as South Walton Fire Rescue.
Since that day multiple text messages were sent from an unknown phone number to the home’s residents. In these text messages was specific information unique to the residence as well as unique to all the parties receiving the messages. At times “play by play” information was provided and certain details about sleeping arrangements and other activities that, according to both adults in the home, no one outside of the residence would know or be able to have knowledge about. That led investigators to Landon Lawrence, a nephew of the home’s owner.
Lawrence admitted to WCSO Investigators, post Miranda, to sending the text message to one of the resident’s phones stating his house would go “boom” as well as creating multiple “Pinger” accounts with no legitimate purpose other than to send all the messages from unknown numbers.
“A lot of resources were used during this incident,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “We treat every threat as legitimate. This man wasted the time of multiple agencies while causing unneeded panic to the neighborhood.”
He was subsequently arrested and charged with Cyberstalking and Making a False Report of a Bomb Threat (Violation of Florida Statute 790.163).