Soldier charged with terrorist threats against a grandmother

Jose Chavez (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff's office)
Jose Chavez (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff's office)

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ENTERPRISE, AL (WSFA) - A spokeswoman for Eglin Air Force Base in Florida says a man who is facing several charges after allegedly making a bomb threat at an Enterprise woman's home is in the Army, not the Air Force. Jose Chavez, 28, was taken into custody Friday morning and charged with Terrorist Threats, Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Resisting Arrest.

Lois Walsh with the Office of Public Affairs at Eglin AFB said Chavez was a student assigned to the Naval Explosive Ordnance School, which is located on base. Walsh said Chavez graduated from the school in November of 2010. He was awaiting orders to report to Ft. Hood in Texas when the charges were brought against him.

Chavez found himself in legal trouble after two separate 911 calls came into the Enterprise P.D. on December 31 regarding a possible bomb located at a home on Coffee County Road 702.

According to investigators, the first caller said her grandson and two of his friends were at her home, and she saw them sitting outside at a work bench. When she asked what they were doing, one of her grandson's friends - Chavez - told her 'nothing'. Chavez then allegedly told the woman they were building a bomb, and he had planted one under her house, saying it was going to explode.

The woman went back inside her house and locked the door, which authorities say Chavez then kicked down. Police say Chavez then followed his friend's grandmother to her bedroom where he kicked in a second door. Authorities report that Chavez then threatened the lady again before dragging her outside.

The second 911 call came in minutes later after Chavez ran across the street and told two construction workers that he'd planted a bomb and they needed to clear the area.

Responding police say Chavez ran from them and fought with the officers when they attempted to restrain him. Officers said the man then told them he had made multiple bombs and had placed them around and under the home.

Police took the threat seriously, as Chavez and the two other individuals have knowledge of how to make an explosive device. The identities of the other two were not released and no charges were filed against them. Authorities did say both initially ran from the scene, but were located several hours later.

No devices were found after a complete search of the residence by local bomb squad teams.

Chavez is currently being held in the Coffee County Jail.

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