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Deputies Arrest a Lafayette Resident for Bomb Threat

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Sheriff Michael W. Neustrom advises that the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 18-year-old Matt Martin of Lafayette, Wednesday afternoon on the charge of False Communication of a Planned Arson. At approximately 11:30 AM Wednesday morning, the Lafayette Parish 911 communications center received a call from an individual who claimed that there was a bomb inside the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette City Police, Lafayette Fire Department, and Acadian Ambulance responded to the call, and the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office K-9 Bomb Detection Unit began a sweep of the facility. Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Investigators working with the Lafayette Fire Department were able to determine that the call originated from a cell phone belonging to Martin. Martin was located at approximately 11:56 AM and transferred to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office for questioning. At approximately 2:30 PM on Wednesday, he was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on the charge of False Communication of Planned Arson. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 Bomb Detection Team completed its sweep of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and cleared the building for resumed operation.

Donna Delahoussaye
Media Relations/Projects Coordinator
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office
337-236-5814/337-232-9211