Safety agencies responded to multiple bomb threats today, coordinating efforts with businesses and their security teams to ensure their establishments were safe.
Local officials are continuing to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Homeland Security, both of whom have been tracking the threats. One source of the threats has been tracked to a Twitter account, which may be the same group making threats at various jurisdictions across the U.S. and Europe.
“Our local first responders have been diligent in responding and following up on these terroristic threats,” stated Governor Eddie Baza Calvo. “Terrorism is focused on causing terror and panic. We will not allow them to win. After each buildings was cleared by first responders business continued as usual. I am encouraging the community, however, to remain calm but vigilant. If you hear of something that could help our first responders find the culprits that are trying to wreak havoc in our community, call police or CrimeStoppers.”
The Governor noted three things people should know about what’s going on:
- First responders are working tirelessly to keep our community safe.
- We continue to take these threats seriously because the safety of our community is a priority, and anyone caught will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
- Bomb threats recently have been hoaxes but we are asking the community to remain calm and to report any information that might lead to an arrest. Call police at 911, call or text CrimeStoppers 477-4357 (HELP) or go online to guam.crimestoppersweb.com.
Guam Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense in coordination with multiple response agencies including the Guam Police Department (GPD), the Guam Fire Department (GFD), the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), the Guam International Airport Authority Police K-9 Unit, and Joint Region Marianas responded to the multiple threats. The all-clear was given in short order.
For the safety of all involved, each threat has been taken seriously and is being fully investigated. The bomb threats were made through automated voice recordings or “robo-calls” to 911 dispatch and the businesses, one was hand-written on a bathroom stall, other threats were made using social media.
Timeline as of 4:30 p.m.:
11:00 a.m. — OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at Home Depot. GPD, GFD and Airport K-9 units responded. Home Depot was evacuated. All clear: 12:30 p.m.
11:40 a.m. — OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Micronesia Mall. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. Micronesia Mall was evacuated. All clear: 1 p.m.
12:00 p.m. — OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at K-Mart. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. K-Mart was evacuated. All clear: 12:37 p.m.
12:45 p.m. — OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Agana Shopping Center. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. Agana Shopping Center was evacuated. All clear: 2:15 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Guam Premier Outlets (GPO). GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. GPO was evacuated to include theaters and Chuck E. Cheese’s. All clear: 3:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m. – OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of two separate reported bomb threats to Outrigger Beach Resort and Westin Resort. GPD and GFD responded. All clear: 3:15 p.m.
2:49 p.m. – Navy Exchange received a call of a bomb threat. Federal fire and Navy K-9 units responded. All clear: 4:07 p.m.
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540.