Saturday, September 26, 2020
78.2 F
Ocala

Ocala man threatens to blow up state building over child support calls

Michael Warren Smith

An Ocala man was arrested Tuesday after he was recorded on the phone telling an employee of a state agency that he’d blow up their building if they didn’t stop calling him about the child support he owes.

Michael Warren Smith, 39, of 11546 W. 35th St., was charged with making a false threat to plant a bomb on a property owned by the state of Florida and use of a two-way communications device to facilitate a felony.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy received a call at around 7:25 p.m. Tuesday from an employee with the Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Services in Tallahassee. The employee reported that another employee with the agency called Smith’s phone at around 6 p.m. to speak about his next child support payment. During that conversation, Smith became irate and said he was going to blow them up if the child support office didn’t leave him alone, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The state employee played a recording of the conversation to the deputy, who heard Smith give his name, address and social security number. Smith and the employee then argued back and forth over the child support payment amount before Smith said, “If you guys do not leave me alone, I will come and blow your (expletive deleted) building up.” Smith then hung up the phone, the report said.

The deputy responded to Smith’s residence and spoke with him. Smith said he was home when the child support office called him. He said he did not threaten to harm people at the office and that he was just upset and talking to his girlfriend. When the deputy told Smith he heard him make the statement on the recording, he said he was mad and didn’t mean the part about blowing up the building, according to the report.

Smith’s girlfriend said she was present when Smith received the call and that he was mad when he made the threat to blow up the building, the report said.

Smith was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Wednesday on $7,000 bond. No court information was available.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Crime

Two men nabbed on hefty drug charges after high speed chase in Marion County

Two men were jailed Thursday on multiple charges after a high-speed chase through Marion County.

Man and lady friend jailed on multiple charges after being caught in stolen vehicle

A man and his gal pal traveling in a stolen vehicle found themselves behind bars recently in the Marion County Jail.

Ocala Police seeking help in nabbing robber who targeted TJ Maxx

Ocala Police are searching for a bandit who committed an armed robbery at a local store this week.

Ocala woman jailed after giving Marion sheriff’s deputy fake name

An Ocala woman was arrested recently after giving a Marion County sheriff’s deputy a fake name during a traffic stop.

Business

Ruby Tuesday adds to growing list of closures along State Road 200

Ruby Tuesday recently closed the doors on its Ocala location, adding to a list of national companies with local closures along State Road 200 that dates back nearly a year.

Sovereigns and Scoundrels opening in former Doc of Rock location in downtown Ocala

Sovereigns and Scoundrels will open its doors at the former Doc of Rock location in downtown Ocala next week.

CareerSource CLM report shows unemployment rate improvement last month

The local unemployment rate improved in August, but is still much higher than it was at this same time last year, according to a new report from CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion.

Waffle House opens new location on Maricamp Road

Waffle House has opened the doors on a new location along Maricamp Road in Marion County.

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required

Headlines

Two men nabbed on hefty drug charges after high speed chase in Marion County

Two men were jailed Thursday on multiple charges after a high-speed chase through Marion County.

Man and lady friend jailed on multiple charges after being caught in stolen vehicle

A man and his gal pal traveling in a stolen vehicle found themselves behind bars recently in the Marion County Jail.

DeSantis greenlights 100% capacity at restaurants and bars despite new COVID-19 cases

On a day when Florida reported 695,887 cumulative cases of COVID-19 and the local area added 13 new deaths for a total of 528, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that restaurants and bars can immediately go back to 100 percent capacity.

13 more local COVID-19 fatalities as tri-county area reports 67 new cases

Thirteen more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as the tri-county area reported 67 new cases of the virus Friday.

More headlines