Man wanted in Walmart bomb threat turns himself in
William Dudley Edwards, 46 (Source: Ashdown Police Department)
The Walmart in 100 block of Arkansas Boulevard in Texarkana, Arkansas was one of four store evacuated after receiving bomb threats Friday morning.
ASHDOWN, AR (KSLA) -
A man wanted in connection with a bomb threat to an ArkLaTex Walmart store turned himself in to police Friday night.
Ashdown, Arkansas police say 46-year-old William Dudley Edwards was wanted on a warrant for threatening a fire or bombing. A series of threatening calls were made on Friday, April 18th within minutes of each other to Walmart stores in Ashdown, Texarkana, AR and Texarkana, TX and New Boston.
Police say the call to the Ashdown store was the first, at round 6:35 a.m. The stores were evacuated and closed while store employees searched. Nothing was found in any of the stores and they were reopened.
Ashdown Police Chief Doyle Crouch said they were able to develop Edwards as a suspect, thanks in part to the technology used by the Walmart stores. Edwards also allegedly called the Little River County Sheriff's Office directly at 9:57 a.m. with more threats.
Ashdown police can't say Edwards is responsible for the calls to the other stores, but authorities have said they believe the same person is responsible for all of the calls.
Edwards is formerly of Ashdown, and his last known address was Benton, AR. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.