Charges Filed In Highland Walmart Bomb Threat Investigation

Ryan M. Unger

Charges have been filed in the bomb threat hoax that shut down the Highland Walmart Monday night.

Highland Police received two calls, Monday, at 7:32 p.m., reporting two patrons were leaving the Highland Walmart saying there was a bomb in the building.

Police evacuated the store and started an investigation. With the cooperation of Walmart and witnesses, the suspects and their vehicle were quickly identified. Police located them in the parking lot of the Highland Tru Buy store and took them into custody at 8:49 p.m.

The Illinois Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad investigated, searched the building, and declared the bomb threat a hoax, clearing the store for re-entry at 10:55 p.m.

On Wednesday, 19 year old Ryan M. Unger of Highland was formally charged with alleged Disorderly Conduct, a class 3 felony, for making the bomb threat. Unger was also charged with alleged possession of cannabis and his bail was set at $20,000. The second individual that was questioned regarding the incident was a juvenile and was released with unrelated city ordinance charges. Unger remains in custody at the Madison County Jail.