Suspect identified following bomb threat on Highway 80

MIDLAND COUNTY, Tx. (KOSA) -- UPDATE: A suspect has been identified after a bomb threat shut down Highway 80 on Thursday.

Charlie Thompson, 48. (Photo: Midland County Sheriff's Office)

Charlie Thompson, 48, has been charged with making a terroristic threat.

According to the Midland County Sheriff's Office, their deputies were called to the 7700 block of West Highway 80 at 2:10 p.m. for a stand-by. The deputies were told that an employee of a business said that he was "going to go postal and strap a device to his chest."

The suspect, identified as Thompson, was found and both the Midland County District Attorney's bomb dog and the Midland Police Department bomb squad were called to the scene.

Thompson's vehicle was searched but no explosive devices were found. He was then charged and taken into custody.
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Update: The Midland Sheriff's Office said no explosives were found after they searched a suspicious car on the 7600 block of West Highway 80 owned by a man who threatened to blow up his workplace.

Authorities blocked off the area when a K-9 became alarmed by the car, but investigators said it was starter and lighter fluid that triggered the dog.

The employee who said he had a bomb is being charged for making a terroristic threat.

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The Midland Police Department and Midland County Sheriff's Office are on the scene of a suspicious explosive device along Highway 80 on Thursday afternoon.

According to the City of Midland, the scene is in the 7600 block of West Highway 80 east of the Midland International Air & Space Port.

A person of interest has been detained.

The surrounding area is being evacuated until a vehicle at the scene is deemed safe.

The public is urged to avoid the area at this time.