San Antonio area volunteer firefighter accused of making bomb threat because he was bored

Stefan Ferrell charged with making a false alarm

Author: Cory Smith, Reporter,
Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:03:44 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 29 2013 02:58:27 AM CST

A volunteer firefighter was arrested Monday after Bexar County Fire Marshals determined he was the person behind a bomb threat at a Home Depot in Windcrest.

According to an affidavit, 19-year-old Stefan Ferrell told Bexar County Fire Alarm Dispatchers that someone came to the Camelot Volunteer Fire Station, 7385 Gibbs Sprawl Rd., and handed him a typed note that read "BE AT HOME DEPOT BY 4:30 TODAY... ... OR BOOM!!!!!!!!"

According to fire marshals, the threat did not specify which Home Depot, but several agencies, including the Camelot Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the store located in the 4900 block of Windsor Hill in Windcrest because it was the only one in the general area.

The store was evacuated for approximately two hours, but after a thorough search investigators did not find anything.

Fire Marshals initiated an investigation into the bomb threat and discovered discrepancies in Ferrell's story.

The affidavit said Ferrell told the 911 dispatcher that the person who gave him the note was a white male wearing black jeans, but he told investigators that the person was a black male wearing dirty light blue jeans.

A witness then came forward and told fire marshals that Ferrell called him the day after the bomb threat and admitted that it was all a hoax.

He said Ferrell said he did it because he was bored at work and wanted to respond to the call for excitement.

The same witness said Ferrell also tried to persuade him to make a false fire call to Bexar County 911 Operators the night of the bomb threat.

Ferrell was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for making a false alarm - report.

If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

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