Police release more information about Edmond bomb threat that had residents worried

Lequita Allen

Lequita Allen

EDMOND, Okla. – New information has been released about a bomb threat in Edmond that had local residents worried.

Around 5 p.m. Monday, police say Lequite Allen walked into the Coin Op Laundromat and told customers and employees that she had a bomb in her backpack.

Officials say Allen pulled a knife on the owner of the business and told everyone else to evacuate the building.

Customers and employees ran out of the business and called police.

Police say the suspect also called 911 and was patched through to talk with an officer at the scene.

After about 15 minutes, officials say the police officer was able to talk Allen into coming outside without the backpack.

She was crying and visibly upset, the police report states.

That is when she was taken into custody.

When officers asked her why she was so upset, she told them that her family had kicked her out three months ago.

She said she hadn’t planned to hurt anyone, but she did want to hurt herself.

She confirmed with officers that there was no bomb and that she only had books in the backpack.

A bomb squad was still called to the scene to investigate.

Fortunately, no explosives were found inside the backpack.

Allen is now facing charges of making terrorist threats and assault with a dangerous weapon.