Two arrests made in bomb threat at MLILY

WINNSBORO – Two suspects were arrested last week after the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a bomb threat at MLILY Plant on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Markelyis J. Gibson, 21, and Joshua English, 35, were arrested for one count of Bomb Threats/Conspiring to Make a Bomb Threat. Gibson was arrested on Wednesday following the incident. English was arrested on Thursday. Gibson and English were both employees at MLILY at the time of the threat.  

Wednesday morning, an employee at MLILY received a call indicating a bomb threat. MLILY is located in the former MACK Truck facility on Hwy 321, south of Winnsboro. Fairfield County sheriff’s deputies were on the scene within two minutes of the call and assisted with the ongoing evacuation of the plant.

An investigation was immediately initiated while the property was being checked for suspicious packages and any other threats.

Gibson and English were transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center. Gibson was arrested on Oct. 25 and released on Oct. 27 a $15,000 surety bond. English was arrested on Oct. 26 and released on Oct. 27 on a $10,000 surety bond.

“I want to thank our deputies for their hard work in rapidly developing this investigation which resulted in two quick arrests,” Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery said. He also thanked the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety, the County Fire Service, Fairfield County EMS and Fairfield County Transit for assisting in responding to the incident. 

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