Oxford Assistant Police Chief Joey East confirmed that 35-year-old Collin Jones of Oxford has been arrested and charged with making a false bomb threat.
On the morning of Sept. 18, Oxford police responded to a call about a bomb threat at Lexington Pointe involving the vehicle of an Ole Miss football player.
A suspect was arrested within a few hours of the threat but not charged. Two individuals were arrested during the course of the investigation, according to East.
“The first arrest was a suspect of interest, and he was arrested on a different charge,” East said. “Then Mr. Jones came into the picture during the investigation.”
East said that over the course of the investigation, Oxford police discovered that Jones worked at the bomb threat location.
“Anyone that’s around is a possible suspect,” he said.
It took Oxford police several days of interviewing people and going through phone records.
“We were able to narrow it down, and Mr. Jones was arrested for it,” East said.
The first individual was arrested for auto burglaries and other things not related to the bomb threat incident, according to East.
Jones was taken to the Lafayette County Jail and bond was set at $10,000.
“I’m assuming he may have made bond by now,” East said.
With recent bomb threats at universities across the nation, East has urged students, faculty and citizens to take proper precautions.
“Everybody ought to take any threat (seriously) and should try to cooperate with law enforcement whether it’s the university or OPD,” he said.