Police arrest 2 in connection with Ogden courthouse bomb threats

Friday , April 20, 2018 - 3:40 PM1 comment

OGDEN — Police have arrested two Ogden residents in connection with a series of bomb threats made against Ogden courthouses. 

Tonisha Chontae Lester, 44, and Jerry Kenton Larkin, 44, were booked into Weber County Jail on Friday for allegedly calling in the false threats, according to Capt. Danielle Croyle with the Ogden Police Department

The pair were arrested after a third bomb threat was called into police dispatchers. The threats were all one week apart and all on Thursdays.

After each threat, the courthouses were searched and cleared with no signs of a bomb being found. The searches involved a number of agencies and personnel, including specialized bomb-sniffing dogs.

Lester was booked on three counts of making a false alarm related to a weapon of mass destruction and is being held in lieu of a $15,000 bond, according to online booking records.

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Larkin was booked on multiple charges, including failure to appear and possession of drug paraphernalia, but did not appear to be booked on charges relating to the false bomb threats. Larkin is being held without bail, according to online booking records. 

Croyle said the motive for making the threats was to “disrupt court proceedings.” 

Larkin was scheduled to appear in front of Judge Michael DiReda on Thursday, April 5 — the day of the first bomb threat — in regards to a DUI arrest in August 2017, online court records show. 

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Larkin’s hearing was continued to the following Thursday, April 12, and another bomb threat was called into police dispatchers. His case was again continued to the following Thursday, April 19. That day, the third bomb threat was reported to police dispatchers.

On Friday, Ogden Police served a search warrant on an apartment at 120 Dan Street, Croyle said. 

Police found three people at the address and all were taken into police custody for questioning. Croyle said only two of the three, Lester and Larkin, are booked in jail, while the third person questioned would not be booked in jail. 

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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