Law enforcement officials have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 51-year-old man believed to be responsible for calling in a bomb threat May 31 to the Rutherford County Judicial Building.
William T. Moon
Authorities have charged William T. Moon of Tracy City with making a false report, according to a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office press release.
According to court records, Moon was supposed to appear before Circuit Court Judge Don Ash on the day of the threat for a plea on charges of theft, vandalism, aggravated criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools. However, he did not show up in court.
The call disrupted court proceedings and closed the building for several hours while Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies, and firefighters and bomb-sniffing dogs thoroughly searched the building.
Since the incident occurred, Moon has not reported for his scheduled court dates, and authorities with the U.S. Marshals and Sheriff’s Office have been unable to locate him.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to Moon’s arrest. Anyone with information about Moon’s whereabouts should call CrimeStoppers at 615-893-7867.
Man accused of arson
A 31-year-old Murfreesboro man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of setting fire to his First Avenue home during a domestic dispute with his wife.
Mario W. Hardy has been charged with aggravated arson and domestic assault, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
Hardy is accused of pouring gasoline on the front porch and setting fire to the front door after not being allowed to enter the residence, at which point he allegedly threw a wooden post through a window, according to a Police Department domestic violence report.
When police arrived at the scene, they learned his wife refused to let Hardy come inside the house because he allegedly assaulted her three days earlier.
An arson investigator with the Murfreesboro Fire Department was also called to the scene to collect evidence, which has been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for analysis.
Hardy was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on a $17,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear Thursday, July 19, in General Sessions Court.