A homeless man was arrested this afternoon following a bomb scare at a local grocery store.
According to Texarkana, Texas Police Public Information Officer Seargant Mike Jones officers were called to the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the 3500 block of Richmond road at approximately 2:20 p.m.
According to Jones, “Bruce Dale Overton, 36, entered the story and the theft deterrent system activated as he passed through the door. He then laid his backpack on the floor and told nearby employees that there was a bomb in it. He was immediately detained by an off-duty Cass County Constable. After Texarkana police and fire personnel arrived, Wal-Mart made the decision to evacuate the store as a precautionary measure. Overton told officers that there was no bomb, and he was only joking when he made the statement to the employees.”
Officers were quickly able to confirm that the backpack did not contain any type of explosive device, and the area was declared to be safe. Overton was arrested and charged with Terroristic Threats. He is being held in the Bi-State Justice Center jail awaiting bond.