Corpus Christi Police arrested a 57-year-old man on a traffic stop Thursday morning at Leopard Street and Starlite for possession of a hoax bomb.
A Corpus Christi Police Patrol Officer conducted a traffic stop with a white 1995 Ford Explorer for a minor traffic violation. The officer saw a package on the passenger seat that appeared to be an improvised explosive device. The operator was removed from the vehicle and detained in the back of a patrol car for an investigation of possession of a prohibited weapon.
The Corpus Christi Police Bomb Squad was called to the traffic stop scene at Leopard Street and Starlite. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms arrived at the scene to provide assistance. Traffic was interrupted for 10-15 minutes while the Corpus Christi Police Bomb Squad manipulated the device and moved it to a safe container.
The Corpus Christi Police Investigators and Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms went to the 57-year-old manís residence to ensure there were no dangerous devices that were a threat to the community. The Corpus Christi Police Bomb Squad evaluated the device found in the passenger seat of the vehicle and determined the device was not capable to function as intended by the person who constructed it.
Corpus Christi Police then arrested Johnny James Wilkey, 57, for a Hoax Bomb, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.