Bomb and shooting threats poured into the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office over three days in April.
First, a Boston Market. Then, a high school. Next, an elementary school.
The three places were each on the receiving end of threats and all had something in common.
“So, this case was unique. Same person. Three different cases over three different days,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Danny Alvarez.
Domerell Lott, 18, is accused of the phony calls to 911.
He said he put bombs in the Boston Market along Brandon Boulevard, where he worked. The next day, he’s accused of telling a 911 operator he planned to shoot people at Bloomingdale High School. Then, court paperwork shows he made another call to say a man with a long gun jumped a fence at Clair-Mel Elementary School.
Collectively, 44 deputies, supervisors and detectives responded to the scenes. The crimes turned out to be made up, detectives said.
“This is one of these cases that highlights just how intensely we react to a threat,” Alvarez said. “We don’t have the luxury anymore, to say ‘maybe that one’s good. Maybe that one’s real. Maybe that one’s not,'” he explained Tuesday.
When deputies arrested Lott, they said they found him near the elementary school in a car.
Inside, he had a laptop and a dash camera, paperwork shows.
It appears an inactive cell phone was used to make the phony calls.
News Channel 8 stopped by his family home, but no one wanted to talk about the teen’s arrest.