Metro Man Behind Bars Accused Of Calling In Bomb Threat To Grocery Store

Tuesday, June 10th 2014, 8:50 pm
By: News 9

A metro man is sitting in jail accused of calling in a bomb threat to a local grocery store. Store employees say the man was a regular customer at the store.

Police got the call to the Buy For Less near NW 23rd and Pennsylvania Ave. around 2:00 a.m. Monday morning and rushed to the scene.

A store employee said they got a call telling them there were 2 bombs inside of the store and that it was set to go off at 3:00 a.m.

Police evacuated everyone inside the Buy For Less just as a safety precaution. The store is open 24 hours, but there were no customers inside at the time. Police did not find any bombs.

Surveillance video helped police track down the person who made the call. Police identified the suspect as Bryan Griffin, 65, who also goes by the name Bryon, George, and Griffin.

"He's a regular. He comes in here quite often," said assistant manager Terry Lefon.

Lefon was sad to hear about the arrest. The store released another shot of Griffin inside the store just two hours before the call was made.

"We enjoyed him being in the store," said Lefon. "We just hope he gets the help he needs."

Police arrested Griffin at the Classen Senior Center later that evening around 6:00 p.m.

According to the police report, when Griffin answered the door he was wearing a blue dress, pearl necklace, and earrings. He denied making the call, but later admitted he went to the store to return some food and got upset.

Police found a cell phone inside of his home. The cell number matched the number that called the store.

According to the police report, the worker who took the call said it appears the man was fearful and upset about what he had done.

Griffin is being held on a $10,000 bond. He is accused of calling in a bomb threat, which is considered a felony.