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BOMB THREAT SUSPECT BUSTED!

In the past four months the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has received three calls where the caller advised there was a bomb in a building causing concern within the establishment and in each case a major evacuation ensued. Each of the cases are currently being investigated by the Montgomery County Crime Reduction Unit located in The Woodlands.

On March 13th 2015 a caller phoned the Target shopping center located at 1100 Lake Woodlands Dr. in The Woodlands advising of a bomb in the building set to detonate at 9:45 pm. In this case the caller attempted to mask his call trail by using various phone apps. Through several search warrants and Grand Jury Subpoena’s an account holder for the phone used to call in the threat has been located. This is still a continuing investigation.

On May 9, 2015 the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Wal-Mart store located at 10001 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands in reference to a bomb threat. The caller had given the answering associate the internal code implying a bomb was in the building. When questioned by the clerk, the caller inquired why an evacuation was not underway with the implied threat having been made. Multiple units from the Crime Reduction Unit, ATF and the Montgomery County Fire Marshall’s Office cleared the building with EOD K9’s allowing it to resume for regular business shortly after. During an extensive investigation the Crime Reduction Unit located an 8th grade student in Corona, California who owns a blog where members call various places across the US making these types of threats. It was found that he may be responsible for up to 33 of these incidents ranging from Houston to New York not including the other threats made by other callers. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is also assisting with the investigation.

On May 22, 2015 the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to 8185 SH 242, The Woodlands; Costco Wholesale Center in reference to a bomb threat. The caller told the associate to “listen carefully; someone in the store has a bomb”. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputies/Crime Reduction Unit, ATF, and the Montgomery County Fire Marshall’s Office responded. A perimeter was set up in an attempt to secure the facility and protect everyone within the perimeter from the alleged threat. The store was cleared by EOD K9 units with no explosives being detected. The Crime Reduction Unit continued the investigation finding that the suspect was a local resident to the Woodlands identified as Douglas Joseph “Julian” Esposito. Felony charges were accepted by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. If any information is known on the whereabouts of Douglas Esposito you are urged to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit at 281-297-6524 or Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime. Call 800-392-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers WEB PAGE at www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org.

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DOUGLAS JOSEPH ESPOSITO

W/M DOB 09/28/1962

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