December 5, 2019
Walmart Bomb Threat
On December 4, 2019 at approximately 2:19 pm, officers were dispatched to 16218 Jackson Creek Parkway (Walmart) regarding a bomb threat. An unknown male called out the threat over Walmart handheld radios. These radios are public frequency radios that are utilized by Walmart associates inside the store for day to day business. Walmart Asset Protection Manager stated the terminology used by the unknown male, was not Walmart radio terminology and he did not recognize the male voice as a Walmart employee.
Walmart management was already in the process of evacuating the store, prior to the arrival of any law enforcement or fire department personal. A short time after the arrival of responding officers, a witness provided a possible suspect description. The witness stated she overheard a male white make the threat and he was described as between the ages of 25-30 years old. The male was 6’01” to 6’02”, slim build, wearing a long sleeve “desert camouflage” shirt or jacket. After searching through several minutes of camera footage, from several different cameras inside and outside the store, no one matching the description was located in the store during the time of the threat.
Several officers searched the inside of the store for anyone attempting to hide. No one was located. Once this search was complete, bomb dogs from the Regional Explosives Unit cleared the store of any possible threats, per Walmart Management request. At the completion of the K9 search, Walmart Management decided to open the store back up for normal business operations.
The Monument Police Department would like to thank the citizens for a very orderly evacuation of the store and avoiding the area so first responders could handle the situation. We would also like to thank the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado Springs Police Department, Palmer Lake Police Department and the Tri Lakes Monument Fire Department for their assistance in the successful resolution of the incident.
Sergeant Jon Hudson
Monument Police Department