CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Laramie Police Department has designated a bomb threat incident that caused evacuations of the city’s downtown Tuesday evening as a case of “swatting,” per a department news release Wednesday afternoon.
The threat caused emergency personnel to evacuate the public from the 200 block of South 2nd Street — an area of downtown Laramie with multiple local businesses — at around 6 p.m. Tuesday, per a department Facebook post and prior Cap City News report. The area was later cleared and marked safe by police without incident.
Laramie police alleged in the release that a male subject called its dispatch line at 5:08 p.m. Tuesday and claimed that he was armed and “wanting to shoot people” at an unnamed business within the threat area. Police also allegedly noted that he had claimed to have planted an “explosive device” in a vehicle within the area, but bomb technicians found no evidence of any bomb or relation of the vehicle “in any way” to the suspect.
Swatting, a criminal harassment tactic in which emergency services are sent to an address following the false reporting of an emergency situation, is a felony punishable by law under Wyoming Statute 6-3-505, Terroristic Threats. Per the Wyoming Legislature, those convicted of terroristic threats could be subjected to up to three years in prison.
Those with information regarding the case are encouraged to call the City of Laramie’s Crime Stoppers line at 307-742-2273 with the possibility of a cash reward of up to $1,000. Informants are not required to give their names, and all information is kept confidential.