Texarkana, TX and Texarkana, AR Walmart’s were evacuated about 7:30am along with New Boston after all three received call in bomb threats. Pictures of Arkansas side walmart.
update: as of 8:45am Arkansas side Walmart is back open.
update: 12:05 pm Texarkana Texas & Arkansas released a joint statement on the events this morning
Texarkana, Arkansas and Texas Police are joining with other area law enforcement agencies in the investigtation of multiple calls of bomb threats. On April 18th, 2014 at approxiamtely 7:00am employees of two seperate local businesses called 911 after recieving a call from an unkonwn male advising a bomb was located inside the busines and would detonate during a specific time. All calls occurred within minutes of each other to businesses in the 4000 block of New Boston Road and 100 block of Arkansas Boulevard. Both busniness were evacuated and closed while a seach was conducted by the store employees.
At this time the investigation continues as detectives search to identify the suspect.
If anyone has information about these crimes, they are encouraged to call 911 or Texarkana Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.
update: 7:51pm According to Ashdown Police Chief Ashdown Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for William Dudley Edwards, 46. The warrant is for threatening a bombing or fire.
FBI and the Arkansas State Police have joined the investigation.