Fire Marshal: Man Threatened to ‘Blow Up’ Premium Outlets Stores

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Williamsburg Premium OutletsA New York man is facing three felonies after authorities say he threatened to blow up at least five businesses in the Premium Outlets.

Christian Jamayal Anthony was arrested in Albany, N.Y., on July 8 after an investigation by the James City County Fire Marshal’s Office determined he was in New York between March and May, when he is alleged to have made the threats.

Greg Thompson, the assistant fire marshal, declined to identify the businesses Anthony allegedly threatened or any potential motive.

“The investigation is still ongoing, and more charges are pending,” he said. “Because of the ongoing investigation, we’re not going to talk about the motive.”

Nobody was hurt and no explosive devices were discovered. Thompson said Anthony threatened to “blow up” the businesses and he harassed employees over the phone. Some stores received multiple threats.

There is currently no indication whether Anthony has visited the area.

Authorities in James City County are waiting for Anthony to be extradited to the commonwealth to face trial. The fire marshal’s office worked with the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Anthony.

He faces three felony counts of threatening to bomb or burn.