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April 8, 2014

Big charges maybe in bomb case

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — A bomb threat and maybe all the explosive ingredients to follow through could lead to some big charges for an Elmore City man accused of threatening to blow up a local business.

Although now released after a large bond was posted, Clay David Crull, 20, and an unnamed 16-year old male were arrested late last week on complaints related to making threats and a weapons violation.

The threats attributed to Crull include an alleged claim he would use some sort of explosive device to blow up the Speedy G’s Convenience Store, located west of Elmore City off of state Highway 29.

As of Monday no formal criminal charges had been filed against Crull in Garvin County District Court.

That is expected to come as Crull was held last week in Garvin County jail on six arrest complaints, including manufacturing an explosive device and using a phone to call in the bomb threat at the EC area store.

Crull was released after a $50,000 bond was posted. He was also ordered to return for a court arraignment now scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The case against Crull kicked off late Thursday morning, April 3, when county authorities were contacted about Crull making a threat to blow up the store.

Store employees were evacuated, while an Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb squad came to check out the building, which apparently did not have any explosive devices.

The unnamed juvenile later told officials Crull had tried to persuade him to plant the bomb in the store.

The juvenile claims Crull told him “he really needed his help on taking these people out,” according to the affidavit.

Investigating deputies did learn Crull and the juvenile purchased items on Wednesday night with the intention of making a “smoke bomb.”

Sheriff Larry Rhodes said last week least one, maybe two, explosive devices were made and had been set off in a rural area of Garvin County.

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