Whitesburg KY

Man charged after threat made in Whitesburg store

A Neon man was arrested Tuesday after employees at a Whitesburg cellphone service provider store told police the man threatened to bomb the store.

Clifford Caudill, 36, became upset inside the Appalachian Wireless store after he found out that the account of which Caudill’s cellphone was a part had been suspended on Monday by the account holder.

“He got mad and threw the (cellphone) box at an employee,” said Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields. “He said, ‘I know what I’m going to have to do. I’m going to have to build a bomb or shoot somebody.

I’m going to go to jail. That’s all there is to it.’”

Caudill left Appalachian Wireless at 2:46 p.m. on Tuesday, after which the store was put on lockdown. Caudill was arrested at an adjacent business.

Fields said he found a homemade knife blade in Caudill’s jacket pocket at the time of his arrest.

Caudill was also charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, public intoxication of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

He was taken to the Letcher County Jail.

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