A Monticello man is facing two felony charges for allegedly threatening to bomb a local industry. Martagus Stovall, 22, of Monticello reportedly admitted that he called 911 reporting a bomb at Maxwell Hardwood Flooring in Drew County where he worked, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.
Monday night, around 11:30 p.m., the Drew County 911 dispatcher received a call from an unknown male saying that he had placed a bomb at Maxwell’s Hardwood Flooring and was going to “blow the place up,” and “you better come save them.” He then ended the call.
The Drew County Sheriff’s Office and Monticello Fire Department evacuated the property and searched by first responders, Maxwell’s Hardwood Flooring owners and management. No bomb or any other explosive device was discovered and business reopened at 6 a.m.
Stovall, arrested Tuesday on a warrant out of Bradley County, was interviewed and admitted to making the bomb threat. He said he said he wanted to go home early and did not think he would get caught, according to Gober.
Stovall is currently being held in the Drew County Detention Center where he is facing two felony charges: causing or threatening to cause a catastrophe and threatening a fire or bombing. He potentially will have to reimburse Maxwell’s Hardwood Flooring for the time lost in production due to the threat and the loss of pay to each employee who was sent home due to the threat, according to Gober.