Hempfield Twp. PD: Arrest made in Walmart threat incident

Police evacuate a Walmart in Greenville after the suspect claimed a bomb was in the building.

HEMPFIELD TWP., Pa. (WKBN) – Police say a Greenville man faces charges after a bomb threat forced the closure of the Walmart store there Saturday afternoon.

Hempfield Township police say James Burns, 58, is charged with recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and risking a catastrophe. He was arrested after returning to the store about an hour after making the threatening comment.

James Burns arrested due to a Walmart bomb threat.
James Burns

Police evacuated both the store and the parking lot on Williamson Road in Hempfield Township at about 3 p.m. Saturday, shortly after they say Burns made a comment about a bomb in the store.

“They said there was a problem and they had to evacuate the store,” a shopper said. “Other people buying stuff, and they just had to walk out and let their stuff sit. There were cops all over the place, and it was kind of scary afterwards.”

Investigators say after Burns made the threat, he purchased something and left the store in a vehicle other than his own. They are talking to the person who drove that vehicle.

The Pittsburgh Bomb Squad checked a vehicle owned by Burns in the parking lot; K-9 units were used to clear the building. Walmart reopened Saturday at about 9 p.m.

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