Thornfield Man Arrested For Bomb Threat

An Ozark County man has been arrested for making a bomb threat at an Ava business.

Charged with the Class D felony of making a false bomb threat is Anthoni P. Rutherford, 26, of Thornfield.

Ava Police Chief Reggie Johnson said the police department received a call Monday afternoon of a possible bomb at Ava Drug Store on West Washington Avenue.

Officers spoke with the manager of the store who said employees had found a note that said,  “bomb BOOM BOOM.”

“With the help of the store’s good surveillance camera system we were able to identify that there was not a bomb in the store,” Johnson said. By reviewing the surveillance video, officers were able to watch the suspect come into the building and leave the building, and watched him place the note under the back door.

The suspect was identified and later arrested in Ozark County by the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department.

Ava Police Cpl. Tim Stuart filed the probable cause affidavit with the Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and obtained the warrant for Rutherford’s arrest.

The suspect was transported back to the Ava Police Department and is now being held in the Douglas County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Rutherford is also charged with Class D felony damage to jail/jail property.

“I want to thank all the employees of Ava Drug for helping to identify the suspect, (Ozark County) Sheriff Darrin Reed and his staff for apprehending the suspect, the Missouri State Highway Patrol for transporting the suspect to the Police Department, and Sheriff (Chris) Degase for allowing us to house the suspect in his facilities,” said Ava Police Chief Reggie Johnson.

Classes in all buildings at the Seymour R-2 School District were dismissed just after noon Tuesday after a written bomb threat was found inside one of the buildings there.

Cpl. Stuart said Wednesday he does not believe there is any connection between the incident here and the one in Seymour.

A man was also arrested in West Plains last week after making a bomb threat at the Walmart store there.