Bomb threat leads to arrest

Published 6:00 am Saturday, September 29, 2012

A registered sex offender with a history of mental health issues remains in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton after making a terrorist threat against an Atmore business Monday.


Edwin William Smith, 64, was taken into custody by Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Hammon Monday afternoon after Smith called the Sheriff’s Department and threatened to blow up Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union. Hammon said in Smith’s call he stated he “was tired of people messing with him” and was going to “wipe them off the map.”

Hammon said there appeared to be no connection between Smith’s allegations of harassment and Gulf Winds, adding, “it was a cry for help I think. He has had some mental problems and I think he just thought he has a better life in jail.”

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Hammon said Smith remains in the detention center on $10,000 bail, where he is receiving mental health care from a doctor who has treated him in the past.

Smith was convicted of sodomy, sexual abuse and kidnapping in 1993. Hammon arrested Smith without incident at his home on Peacock Lane.