One suspect accused of calling in a bomb threat directed to a Rutherford County Circuit Court judge May 31 is wanted by Rutherford County sheriff’s detectives and the U.S. Marshals.
A felony arrest warrant was obtained charging suspect William T. Moon, 51, of Tracy City with making a false report, said sheriff’s Detective Ralph Mayercik.
Moon allegedly called in the threat to the Rutherford County Judicial Building.
The call disrupted court proceedings and closed the building for several hours while deputies, firefighters and bomb-sniffing dogs thoroughly searched the building.
Detectives identified Moon as a suspect and obtained the arrest warrant but have not been able to locate him. He has not reported for his scheduled court dates since then.
Rutherford County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 cash for information leading to Moon’s arrest. People who have information about Moon’s whereabouts are asked to call CrimeStoppers at (615) 893-STOP (7867) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
People may also call the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office at 615-898-7770 or the U.S. Marshal’s office at 615-736-5417.
The investigation showed Moon was supposed to be in Circuit Court Judge Don Ash’s courtroom May 31 for a plea on charges of theft, vandalism, aggravated criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools. He did not show up in court.
Detectives and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Moon’s girlfriend, Sheila Demotta, 46, of Tracy City, Tuesday on a felony charge of making a false report to them, Mayercik said.
Circuit Court Judge David M. Bragg set her bond at $100,000. She is being held at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center while awaiting a June 25 hearing in General Sessions Court.