Bomb threat in Waikoloa 10-23-02

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICT
CAPTAIN ROBERT KAAUA
PHONE: 887-3080
OCTOBER 23, 2002

MEDIA RELEASE

On Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at about 7:35 p.m., South Kohala Patrol officers responded to the Mauna Lani Bay resort to investigate a reported bomb threat.

Officers confirmed that a suspect identified as Chet H. Woolley (M-36) of a Puako address had entered a restaurant at the hotel and informed an employee that he had a bomb. After leaving the restaurant, he left a small duffel bag in the lobby and ran from the hotel towards the main road. He was apprehended by the employee and hotel security personnel.

Upon arrival of police officers, it was learned that a hotel employee had removed the duffel bag from the lobby to a safe location away from the hotel.

The U.S. Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit determined that no explosive device was located within the bag.

Woolley was arrested on two counts of Terroristic Threatening and held at the Kona police station cellblock. The investigation is being continued by the Kona Criminal Investigations Section.

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