BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two men and a woman were arrested and accused of creating and planting fake bombs at two north Louisiana schools and at a business, according to a Friday release from the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshall.
Authorities state the suspects are Lacentrusa Mayweather, 47, of Winnfield; Paul Nash Jr., 41, of Jonesboro; and Tabitha Gray, 42, of Ball.
On April 2, the suspects called in a bomb threat after placing a fake bomb at the Lakeview High School campus in Campti. Local authorities found and removed the fake bomb from the school. On the same day, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated a bank robbery that was later connected to the suspects.
On April 16, the Bienville Sheriff’s Office called the State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate another bomb threat at Castor High School. Authorities said detectives learned about the threat during the bank robbery investigation. The fake bomb was found and removed from the campus a day after one of the suspects told investigators its location, according to the state fire marshal.
In interviews with investigators, the suspects admitted to creating and placing the fake devices at the schools as distractions. The suspects said they planted the fake bombs in order to distract law enforcement during the bank robbery.
The suspects were all booked into the Bienville Parish jail and charged with fake explosive device, criminal conspiracy and criminal trespassing. Authorties said the trio is connected to other crimes and more charges are possible.
The suspects will later be booked in the Natchitoches Parish jail in the coming days for a charge of terrorizing. Nash will also be charged for communicating of false information of planned bombing on school property. Mayweather and Gray will both face a charge of principal to communicating of false information of planned bombing on school property.
Nash and Mayweather will later be booked in the Winn Parish Jail for a February robbery involving a fake bomb at a bank. They will be charged with communication of false bombing, fake explosive device and criminal conspiracy.