Below is a press release issued by Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford:
On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the Ashland Police Department received a call about a threat received by a worker at the Tru-Cabinetry plant in Ashland, AL. The caller stated that there was a bomb in each of the three different plants(2 located in Ashland, 1 in Lineville). Sergeant Tony Hubbard was the first on the scene, and Chief Stanford was second.
After speaking with the State Bureau of Investigation’s Bomb Squad, a sweep of the building was completed by company personnel and law enforcement, and nothing of note was found. After the sweep was completed an investigation into the call was started.
Investigator Corey Dickinson, and Chief Stanford worked with the president of the company, to identify the individuals that were likely to have done such an act, and narrowed the timeline down to a specific time.
It was later discovered that a current employee had left his place on the assembly line about the time the call was made, and returned a few minutes later. The supervisors over this employee’s area listened to the voicemail that was recorded and identified his voice.
On Friday, April 13, 2018, Dewayne Lambert, of Lineville, was brought in for questioning, and subsequently admitted to placing the phone call. Mr. Lambert was taken into custody and charged with Making a Terrorist Threat.
As always, all persons arrested and charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty.