Arrest made in Walmart bomb threat

By RON HARRIS
Posted 6/9/18

A Jasper woman is facing serious consequences after uttering a few choice words at Walmart Supercenter  earlier this week. Anna Catherine Bennett, 43, was taken into custody by Jasper …

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Arrest made in Walmart bomb threat

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A Jasper woman is facing serious consequences after uttering a few choice words at Walmart Supercenter  earlier this week. 

Anna Catherine Bennett, 43, was taken into custody by Jasper police and charged with making a terrorist threat after reportedly making a bomb threat while inside the store.

Assistant Police Chief Paul Tucker said Bennett entered the store Tuesday morning and made comments to an employee that the employee deemed threatening.

Store managers were alerted, and the store was quickly evacuated.

Jasper police were called, and they called in Special Agent Bryan Schaffer of Burlington Northern Railroad for his assistance with a bomb-sniffing dog. Jasper firefighters and Regional Paramedical Services were also on the scene.  

Bennett was arrested, charged and taken to the Walker County Jail. She later went before Circuit Judge Henry Allred, who set a $5,000 property bond for Bennett’s release.

Tucker said police searched the store and within about 90 minutes employees and customers were allowed back in.

“In this day and time, we have to take things like this seriously,” Tucker said. 

Tucker said officers who responded to the scene were to be credited for the way they handled the call. “They did an excellent job in controlling the situation,” he said. 

He said officials from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency also offered assistance.