New Mexico man pleads guilty to making bomb threats in Georgetown
WILMINGTON, Del. – A New Mexico man has pled guilty to making multiple bomb threats in Delaware.
29-year-old Stephen Landes of Roswell, New Mexico pled guilty on Monday before the United States District Judge for the District of Delaware.
According to court documents and statements made in court, at approximately 1:43 p.m. on May 9, 2018, Landes called the Walmart in Georgetown, DE from Roswell, NM, asking to speak with a manager. Landes then claimed to be a certain resident of Georgetown and stated that he had a bomb and a child hostage in the bathroom. He then demanded $20,000 and threatened to blow up the Walmart if he did not receive the money. Law enforcement officials responded to the store and evacuating it. A K-9 search of the store resulted in no evidence of a bomb.
A few minutes later that same day, at approximately 1:56 p.m., Landes called Georgetown Elementary School, once again claiming to be a certain resident of Georgetown. He then told the person on the phone that he had two children buried in his basement and that there was a bomb in the school. The school was placed on lockdown and law enforcement responded, but once again found no bomb or other threats.
Landes’ sentencing is scheduled for November 27, 2019. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years.