Bomb threat suspect held on $1 million bond

By on January 2, 2013

A Georgia man is back in Dare County after extradition on charges related to a December bomb threat aimed at Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett.

Bond was set at $1 million for Paul Anthony Wright on charges of making a false report concerning a destructive device and threatening to kill a court officer, according to the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

Wright, 32, was returned to Dare County by the sheriff’s office and the State Bureau of Investigation from his hometown of Hortense, Ga., on Friday.

He was also charged with two failure to appear warrants related to offenses in 2009.

Phone records, interviews and work with Georgia authorities led to Wright’s arrest Dec. 20.

The threat came at about 10:20 a.m. Dec. 11 to a local attorney’s office by phone. The lawyer contacted the Dare County Sheriff’s Office. Superior and District courts were in session. The Justice Center was evacuated, and a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in from Currituck County to sweep the building.

No bomb was found inside, but the dog stopped at a vehicle in the parking lot, the sheriff’s office said.

The parking lot was cleared and sealed off while agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Bomb Squad and members of the Norfolk, Va., Police Department Bomb Squad checked the vehicle. Nothing was found.

Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard said Wright was not on the court docket that day nor was he in Dare County.

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