Two suspects arrested in Capitol bomb threat
OKLAHOMA CITY – Two people were arrested in connection to a bomb threat that forced evacuations at the State Capitol building and the Governor’s Mansion last Friday.
Eric Thompson, 45, and his girlfriend Whittni Butts, 18, are accused of making the threat in an attempt to “get even” with Thompson’s ex-girlfriend, according to an affidavit.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Butts called 911 from a payphone, identified herself as Denise King, and then made a bomb threat.
While evacuations were underway near the Capitol, investigators showed up at the workplace of Denise King.
She is employed at a nursing home in The Village.
“My heart was going a thousand beats a minute and it was very scary,” Denise King said. “They meant business when they came here and talked to me. They took the matter very serious.”
King told troopers she believed the suspects were behind the threat.
Court records identified her as Thompson’s ex-girlfriend.
“I had an idea who it might have been because of recent events; they had been making threats to me,” King said.
According to the affidavit, Butts and Thompson waited near the nursing home to see if police would arrest King.
When questioned, investigators said Butts admitted that she made the 911 call.
Butts and Thompson face multiple charges including threat to use a bomb and false personification.