Meet William C. Caldwell, III of Morrow, Georgia. Caldwell was arrested yesterday after he threatened Santa Claus with a bomb. The bizarre incident occurred inside the Southlake mall concourse in South Atlanta, where children and parents all waited in line to take their holiday pictures. Caldwell, dressed as an ELF, walked into the area requesting his picture taken with Mr. Claus.
I’m not sure if Caldwell actually posted up on Santa’s lap, but as workers prepared to take the photo, he informed Santa he had dynamite in his bag.Obviously disturbed by the revelation, Santa immediately notified mall security who contacted the Morrow Police Department. The mall was evacuated around 6:45 p.m. and did not reopen after authorities discovered three suspicious bags near Santa’s area.
Authorities blocked off roads and established a perimeter around the mall while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Unit was dispatched to the scene. Police searched the entire mall complex and no dynamite was found. They gave the all clear around 10 p.m.
Caldwell was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats, false public alarm, reckless conduct, disorderly conduct, possession of a hoax device, false imprisonment and simple assault.
WTF? Who would wanna hurt Santa Claus? *sigh* Welcome to Atlanta…