Westminster man accused of making a bomb threat

November 02, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man was released on his own recognizance after being arrested on a charge of making a bomb threat last week at the McDonald's restaurant on Route 140, where he had been fired, authorities said.

Robert Allen Robinson, 18, of the 1600 block of Washington Road was arrested at his home about 10 p.m. Saturday.

He had worked at the restaurant until Oct. 26, when he was fired by a manager after he was accused of "getting alcoholic beverages for a minor," state fire marshals said in charging documents.

According to those documents, two witnesses told investigators that they heard someone say, "I'm going to blow the place up," as Robinson left the restaurant the day after he was fired.

On Saturday, bomb squad technicians were called to McDonald's after someone called the restaurant about 2: 30 p.m. and told employees a bomb would go off. Employees found a suspicious device in a restroom and called authorities.

The restaurant was evacuated for more than three hours until bomb squad technicians arrived and destroyed the device.

An investigation of the telephone call and the device continues with the help of the Maryland State Police and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, fire marshals said.

No charges have been filed in connection with making or placing the device in the restaurant's restroom, fire marshals said.

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