16-year-old charged with calling bomb threat into Hampton courthouse

WAVY/Emily Satchell

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A 16-year-old has been charged with calling a bomb threat into the Hampton courthouse Tuesday morning.

Officers say the potential threat came in as a call to Newport News dispatchers, who notified Hampton authorities, around 9 a.m. The threat was specifically aimed at the Hampton Circuit Court.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene, and the courthouse was evacuated. Newport News Sheriff’s Office K-9 units assisted in sweeping the building. No suspicious devices were found, according to police.

Police investigated and arrested the Newport News teen. He’s charged with two counts of threatening to bomb and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

Police are working to determine the teen’s motive, and whether he has been behind other recent bomb threats.

Since May 2, there have been five bomb threats at the Hampton Courts. Three have taken place this month —  one on June 6, another on June 12 and Tuesday’s threat.

Threatening to bomb is a class five felony, punishable by up to 10 years behind bars.