Police: Washington County man threatens to 'shoot up' Walmart in South Strabane

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A Washington County man threatened via phone to "shoot up" a South Strabane Walmart because he was unhappy with a transaction there, police said this afternoon.

South Strabane police said they suspect that man is Charles Martin, 24, of Houston, and asked anyone with information about his location to call 911.

Office John Bruner said Mr. Martin threatened to "do bodily harm to people" at the Walmart on Trinity Point Drive earlier this morning but when police traced his phone they discovered he was not there.

Officer Bruner said Mr. Martin was unhappy with a transaction that occurred at the store but declined to go into further detail, as the investigation is still ongoing.

Officers went to the Walmart as a precaution.

"We're satisfied at this point that the danger part of it has quelled," Officer Bruner said. "As a police department, we're not in a position to minimize or maximize any threats. In today's day in age, you have to be proactive, find the person and get him in jail."

Officer Bruner said Mr. Martin is wanted by Washington County adult probation on a failure-to-appear charge.

First Published December 24, 2013 10:46 AM

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