Gwinnett Police seek help in locating man who made false bomb threat

(Duluth, Ga., January 26, 2020) – The Gwinnett County Police Department is seeking the help of the public in locating a man who allegedly called in a fake bomb threat on Jan. 20.

GCPD has secured an arrest warrant for Joshua Stone, 43, who is accused of calling in the fake bomb threat on the business of his ex-wife. Investigators believe he called 911 and told dispatchers that someone was threatening to blow up the Smoothie King located at 6575 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. He reportedly told dispatcher that he was calling from New York and was watching the male with the bomb on video surveillance.

Multiple emergency units were dispatched to the location, including unform officers, EMPDS, SWAT, the Hazardous Device Unit, K9 and a police helicopter and the store was closed for two hours before that Stone’s ex-wife was the owner of the business.  Stone had allegedly been harassing her and had previously been arrested for violation of a protection order against her. He was identified from the 911 line and it was found that the call had been made from the Atlanta area. An arrest warrant was subsequently obtained for Stone for Transmitting a false public alarm.

Stone is possibly still in the Atlanta area and GCPD is asking for the public’s help in locating him.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. 

Case Number:  21-004930  

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