Suspect charged in bomb threat 12-18-03

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST HAWAII CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
LIEUTENANT STEVEN GUILLERMO
PHONE: 961-2252
DECEMBER 18, 2003

David Austin Lenhard

DAVID AUSTIN LENHARD
…charged in bomb threat

MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE

Police have charged a 52-year-old Hilo man with first-degree terroristic threatening for making a bomb threat at a bank Tuesday (December 16, 2003).

At 11:15 a.m. Thursday, East Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section detectives charged David Austin Lenhard for making the false threat. Lenhard’s bail was set at $10,000.

Hilo police arrested Lenhard Tuesday on Kilauea Avenue about four hours after the incident occurred at the American Savings Bank on Pauahi Street.

Responding to an 8:30 a.m. call, police determined that the suspect walked into the bank and told employees there were explosives set to detonate in his safety deposit box.

The suspect didn’t demand anything, but instead left the bank on foot in an unknown direction.

After he left, employees shut down the bank and called police. Nearby businesses also closed because of the threat.

Police and bank employees called a locksmith to open the suspect’s safety deposit box, but found no explosives inside.

The bank was closed for the rest of the business day.

Lenhard is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of bail.

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