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Tallahassee man says suicidal thoughts prompted bomb threats

Man arrested in bomb threats to Tallahassee schools denied bail - 2
Man arrested in bomb threats to Tallahassee schools denied bail - 2
Man arrested in bomb threats to Tallahassee schools denied bail - 2
Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 01:41:32-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man said suicidal thoughts prompted him to make bomb threats in hopes he could get help.

Blake G. Hairston, 67, is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday. A judge denied him bond Tuesday and directed Hairston to see a doctor for a mental health assessment.

No pipe bombs were found at the three Tallahassee schools and two grocery stores where Hairston claimed they were in phone calls.

Hairston said he knew his phone had a GPS and law enforcement would be responding to his residence when he made the threats, according to a probable cause affidavit.

When law enforcement did not respond, court documents said, Hairston called the 211 Crisis Hotline and stayed on the phone with them for a long while before law enforcement responded to his residence.

Deputies came to Hairston's residence and conducted a "knock and talk" to determine who called 911.

While a person at 211 Crisis Hotline talked to Hairston, someone from the hotline called the Consolidated Dispatch Agency and said they were on the phone with a suicidal subject within Hairston's apartment complex.

Hairston was directed by the Crisis Hotline person to exit his residence, which he did, court documents said.

After giving Hairston the Miranda Warning, deputies said he told them he had recently had suicidal thoughts.

Deputies arrested Hairston on a charge of making a false report of planting a bomb or explosive and transported him to the Leon County Detention Facility.


Man arrested in bomb threats to Tallahassee schools denied bail

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The man accused of making bomb threats to three high schools and two grocery stores in Tallahassee was in court Tuesday morning.

Blake Hairston is charged with making a false report of planting a bomb or explosive. 

For now, Hairston remains in jail without bond, but that could change on Wednesday. 

While the prosecution requested at least a bond of $25,000 be set, Judge Nina Richardson said that with bomb threats called into multiple high schools and a grocery store, there's a lot of concern for the safety of the community if Hairston is released. 

"I can tell you that right now, the court is concerned for the community and is not comfortable releasing you until we get a mental health assessment," said Judge Richardson. 

Hairston attempted to discuss his motive with the judge, but his public defender stopped him from saying anything that the state could use against him later.  

Hairston will see a doctor for a mental health assessment and is expected to return to court Wednesday morning. 

Judge Richardson also mentioned that Hairston told officers he needed help and asked Hairston to bring that up during his mental health assessment. 

No devices or bomb making materials were found at any of the places he claimed.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The man arrested for making bomb threats to three Tallahassee schools will remain in jail without bail for now, a judge decided Tuesday.

At his first court appearance, Blake Hairston, 67, who was arrested Monday, attempted to address the judge but his public defender stopped him from speaking.

Hairston is to see a doctor by Wednesday morning, the judge said, saying that after a mental health assessment an appropriate bond will be set.


Man arrested in connection to making multiple bomb threats in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Tallahassee man in connection to calling in multiple bomb threats to three Tallahassee schools Monday morning. 

Blake Hairston, 67, was arrested by LCSO on Monday.  

Around 9:00 a.m. Monday, the Consolidated Dispatch Agency received a phone call stating explosive devices had been placed at Godby, Leon, and Rickards High Schools and two local grocery stores. 

LCSO originally reported one of the calls came into Lincoln. They later corrected that info to say that it was actually Leon that was threatened. 

LCSO said through continued investigation, law enforcement was able to find Hairston at his home.  

Hairston accompanied deputies to the Sheriff’s Office to speak with detectives. After speaking with detectives, LCSO stated Harrison was arrested and taken to the Leon County Detention Facility. 

LCSO said no devices were found at any of the reported locations and no bomb making materials were located in conjunction with the investigation. 

He is being charged with making a false report of planting a bomb or explosive. 

His bond has been set at $10,000.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Tallahassee Police Department are investigating after they responded to several local high schools and a Publix for called-in bomb threats.

Leon County Schools sent the following email to schools Monday morning:

Principals:

This morning the Consolidated Dispatch Agency (911) received a bomb threat from a caller identifying Leon, Godby, Rickards as well as the Publix on Park Avenue.

At this time we have no information to deem this a credible threat and there are no current issues being reported to our district security staff. 

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

In an abundance of caution, we thought it important to communicate this to ALL schools. Please advise all of your security staff to be on heightened awareness due to this situation.

If you have any questions or concerns please call the District Security Center at 922-5437.

The Tallahassee Police Department confirmed they were dispatched to the 2200 block on Claremont Lane at 9:04 a.m. for a bomb threat. At this time, TPD is working to determine whether or not the threat is credible.

There are currently trying to trace who the call came from and where it originated. 

Additionally, according to the TOPS website (Tallahassee Online Police Statistics), at 10:21 a.m., law enforcement was alerted to another incident involving threats in the 500 block of West Tennessee Street.

We have no word on whether or not any of these are credible. We will bring you more information when it becomes available.