Thursday, August 23, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Federal officials have identified the suspect believed responsible for last week's movie theater bomb threats across the Southeast, but are not releasing that identity or many other details.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Atlanta office and Carmike Cinemas released a statement Thursday, six days after the voicemail bomb threat caused police action at Carmike theaters in Tennesee, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia, including locations in Snellville and Barrow County.
No bombs were ever located.
"While the FBI advances its criminal investigation into the threats directed at various Carmike Cinemas, it remains a pending investigation," the FBI-Atlanta statement read. "No further details regarding this matter are available at this time."
The Carmike Cinemas statement was more enlightening, but not much.
"The FBI has identified the person responsible for the bomb threats ... involving Carmike Cinemas and believes he is not longer a threat," it said.
FBI-Atlanta Special Agent Stephen Emmett declined to identify the suspect or provide any other details.
The bomb threat was phoned into Carmike's home office in Columbus, where it was discovered early on the morning of Aug. 17. It reportedly threatened several theaters and mentioned "The Expendables 2," an action flick that debuted that day.
Most theaters were cleared before their first showtimes of the day. Carmike Cinemas on Ga. Highway 124 in Snellville and in Bethlehem were among theaters searched.