Suspect arrested for April threat against Norfolk mall

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 5:15 PM

UPDATE 6/30: Antwan Ladell Jackson was arrested in Virginia Beach Monday and charged with  threaten to bomb. Jackson is believed to be responsible for a bomb threat at Norfolk's Military Circle Mall on April 19, 2014.
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NORFOLK -- "I seen a whole bunch of people running, and mall security told us we had to evacuate," explained Myasia Toney who works at The Gallery at Military Circle.

Hundreds of people had to clear the building late Saturday afternoon, April 19, after someone phoned in a bomb threat.

"Nobody told us what was happening," said Toney. "The mall manager came in and said we needed to evacuate so we just left, closed the store down."

Parnell Collins was at Cinemark Theatre

"We were just watching Rio 2 and we were in the front row -- in the middle front rows -- and the lady came and said, 'Hey, everybody need to come out as soon as possible,'" Collins told 13News Now. "Nobody panicked. Nobody ran, nobody running anyone over. It was more of, 'Oh, it's time to go.'"

The bomb threat came at 4:51 p.m. About 15 minutes later, mall security decided the building needed to be evacuated. Norfolk police officers were at each entrance, making sure people got out as quickly and as safely as possible.

The mall was closed for several hours as members of the bomb squad came investigated. A bomb-sniffing dog did not detect any explosives.

Once cleared, anchor stores and the theatre reopened.

"I wasn't scared, I was just thinking maybe it was another shooting in the mall," said Toney, referring to several crimes that have taken place at the mall. A little more than 2 months ago, a fight led to a shooting inside the building.

Norfolk police are continuing to look into the threat that was made.

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