SANDPOINT — A woman attempting to stave off her sentencing hearing in a felony drug-possession case called in a phony bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the Bonner County Administration Building on Monday.
“We have an admission from her that she did call in the bomb hoax,” said Corey Coon, interim chief of the Sandpoint Police Department.
The woman is identified as Robin Ann Eby, 45, of Bonners Ferry. Coon said a criminal charge is pending.
Eby initially told investigators that she called in the threat because she was having a bad day.
“According to her statement, it was just a spontaneous event. However, when we ran her name through court records, she had sentencing at 2 o’clock this afternoon on a prior drug charge,” said Coon.
Eby pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in August, according to the Idaho Supreme Court Data Repository.
Police said Eby tried to call The Daily Bee to warn of the bomb threat, but she incorrectly dialed the number by one digit and wound up calling an assisted-living facility. She stated there was a bomb in the administration building and hung up the phone.
Officials at the facility relayed the threat to Bonner Dispatch shortly before 1 p.m. The building was immediately evacuated.
Coon said there were no reports of injuries during the evacuation.
Within hours of the evacuation, investigators had identified Eby as a suspect.
“We were able to trace back that phone number,” said Coon.
A bomb threat was also made at the Bonners Ferry High School on Monday, although Coon suspects that could prove to be a coincidence.
“I don’t think they’re related, but that’s one of things we’re going to look into,” said Coon.
A bomb threat was made against Bonners Ferry High School last month, which Eby allegedly told police inspired her to perpetrate a bomb hoax at the administration building.
Making false bomb reports is a felony punishable by up to five years in state prison, according to Idaho Code.
Bonner County Commissioner Mike Nielsen said extra precautions are in place to keep a bomb threat from interfering with today’s general election.