Belding bomb threat suspect charged with false report

By Daily News • Last Updated 9:44 am on Friday, August 10, 2012

By Kelli Ameling and Cory Smith

Daily News staff writers

Gerald Williamson

IONIA – A man has been charged after allegedly making a false report of a bomb threat in Belding last week.

Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson said after officers investigated the situation, they developed a suspect about two hours after the incident.

“We did our job,” Nelson said.

Gerald Williamson, 25, of Belding, was arraigned Thursday in 64A District County in Ionia. He is charged with false report of a threat of a bomb.

Williamson pleaded not guilty. His bond was set at $10,000.

At about 7:05 p.m. Aug. 1, Belding police officers responded to Belding Party Store located on 304 N. Bridge St. after an alleged bomb threat.

Officers were assisted by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State police and the Rockford City Police. A bomb K-9 was also brought in to assist at the scene.

“At approximately two to three hours after the threat was called in, Sgt. William Burns received some information that was pointing to Mr. Williamson,” Nelson said.

After presenting evidence to Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office, Nelson said a warrant was issued for Williamson, who was currently being held at the Ionia County Jail for an unrelated crime.

Williamson is scheduled for a pre-trial at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20.

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