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April 24, 2013

Suspect in local bomb threat to face multiple charges

CULLMAN — The suspect in a series of bomb threats Sunday night will face multiple charges from law enforcement agencies in the region.

Jeremy Lewayne Lang of Marshall County was arrested at 12:30 a.m. in Cullman County, near a woman’s house in the Holly Pond area. Authorities believe the suspect called in bomb threats to Cullman Regional Medical Center and two medical facilities in Marshall County after he escaped the Arab City Jail Sunday.

Investigators have said Lang was likely on his way to the woman’s house with the intent to cause her harm. He hitched a ride with an unnamed motorist and was found in the back seat of the car with a gas can, siphoning hose and cigarette lighter. Lang was already facing an arson charge in Cullman County and, according to Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston, had been charged with arson in the past.

Official charges related to the bomb threats were not made Tuesday against Lang, but investigators attempted to question him.

“My understanding from our investigator is that he was not real cooperative,” Ralston said.

Cullman Assistant Police Chief Craig Green also said Lang was not talkative and apparently is trying to hire an attorney.

“We don’t feel there is any danger of him being set free. We have a cash bond of $50,000 for the arson charge, and even if he meets that, we have other charges that will keep him in custody, such as the jailbreak from Arab,” Green said.

Initial charges are expected to come from the Marshall County District Attorney’s office, because the bomb threats were made from that county and initially received there, Green said.

Arab will also have a felony charge against Lang for the jailbreak Sunday. There are also pending charges of harassing communications against the suspect.

The bomb threats led Cullman County officials to evacuate CRMC Sunday night. All of the patients and employees were removed from the facilities and authorities made a room-by-room search of the hospital. Patients were allowed to return later in the night.

The medical facilities in Marshall County were not evacuated.

* David Palmer may be contacted at dpalmer@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 213.

 

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