Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez/Conexión Del Río

DEL RIO – A local man was arrested and is facing false report to authorities and terroristic threat charges, following a bomb scare occurring on Friday morning, August 5, 2016 at the San Antonio Shoemakers shoe factory, 100 Industrial Boulevard, Del Rio, Texas.

Over 600 SAS and neighboring Water Tower employees were evacuated after the threat, made by means of a phone call to the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office at 9:26 a.m.

A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office explained that a male voice called over the phone and said that there was a bomb at SAS. Following the bomb threat protocol, the Sheriff’s Office proceeded to close the roads, secure the personnel by evacuating everyone, and investigate the threat.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated the mobile phone number from where the call was made, and found out it was registered under 31-year-old Carlos Trevino, of Del Rio, Texas. Investigators went to his home, in the 600 block of Esquivel Street, where they learned that he had just been employed by SAS.

Trevino was then located among the evacuated employees, and taken to the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Department for questioning. There, Trevino confessed to making the call, and explained that he needed some personal time-off.

Tevino was arrested and taken to the Val Verde County GEO Corrections facility, where he is facing two counts of false report to authorities, and two counts of terroristic threat.

The Sheriff’s Office proceeded to make a visual inspection of the facility, and agreed with management to lift the emergency status and open the roads again at about 2 p.m. The factories, though, remained closed for the rest of the day.

The threat and road closure affected not only these two factories and personnel, but also truck companies and suppliers, who were unable to enter or leave the facilities for nearly five hours.