Oklahoma woman charged after allegedly claiming to have bomb at laundromat
EDMOND, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman accused of threatening to blow up a laundromat with a bomb has been officially charged with the crime.
Late last month, police say Lequita 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, but no explosives were ever found.
On Sept. 7, the Oklahoma County district attorney officially charged Allen with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and a terrorist hoax.