DCS office in Gallatin receives threat; 32-year-old man arrested

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 32-year-old man is in custody after the Department of Children’s Services in Gallatin received a threat Wednesday morning.

“He claimed he had business with the office about an EBT card or something, but he also had a note claiming he had a bomb on him and he was demanding money,” explained Officer Bill Storment with the Gallatin Police Department.

Owen Ashworth (Courtesy: Gallatin Police Department)
Owen Ashworth (Courtesy: Gallatin Police Department)

Police told News 2 Owen Ashworth was taken into custody without incident on a sidewalk outside the building  a short time later.

Maple and Hancock streets were both closed to motorists as authorities investigated.

Nearly 140 people were evacuated from the area and taken to a nearby high school for a few hours until the situation was deemed safe.

“With the eminent danger of terrorism and terrorism-type incidents, we can’t take any chances,” Storment said. “We are going to evacuate probably in every circumstance. We are going to call bomb sniffing dogs and probably, because we are a small agency, we are going to call THP out to a scenario such as this.”

Officer Storment told News 2 Wednesday’s incident is the third bomb threat the city has had this month.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

“I’m not saying it’s related to the Save-A-Lot bomb threat. Right now we don’t know. All three could be related,” he said.

Police have issued a search warrant where Ashworth was staying while the investigation continues.

Metro police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol also assisted in the call.

Charges are pending against Ashworth who was in the process of being booked Wednesday afternoon.

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