UPDATE: Bomb threat suspect charged for Ashley Furniture scare

The man accused of calling in a bomb threat to Ashley Furniture is expected in court Monday.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 8:26 AM
Updated: Oct 29, 2018 7:19 PM

Update 10/29/18 3:43 p.m.

McWilliams' bond was set at $200,000. 

McWilliams | Photo: Pontotoc County Jail

Ecru Police Chief Matt Stringer says the suspect is also on hold for the Mississippi Department of Corrections on a drug charge.

The police chief says the threat was more than just a scare, but that the company and the affected employees lost time and money.

Police say he had been working at Ashley Furniture for about one week at the time of the threat.

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The motive behind the threat is still under investigation. 

Update 10/29/18 10:56 a.m.

Ecru Police Chief Matt Stringer says McWilliams is scheduled to appear in court today at 2 p.m.

See the original post below. 

ECRU, Miss. (WTVA) - The suspect accused of calling in a bomb threat to Ashley Furniture is now facing charges of terroristic threats, Ecru Police Chief Matt Stringer said. 

Gavin McWilliams, 26, was arrested Saturday for the crime.

McWilliams was out on parole at the time the threats were made to Ashley Furniture, Stringer said.

McWilliams is expected to go before a judge this morning for an initial appearance in Pontotoc Justice Court.

Stay with WTVA 9 News for the latest.

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