Lakeview area man accused of calling in threat to Baxter County Detention Center

Photo: Jason Patnou

A Lakeview area man is accused of calling the Baxter County Detention Center to say the facility was going to “explode.” According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, 36-year-old Jason Patnou was arrested Sunday on a felony count of falsely communicating a terroristic threat.

The detention center received a call just before 10:45 Sunday morning from a male reportedly saying, “You need to release all the prisoners.” The jailer asked why, and the caller allegedly replied, “Because the place is about to explode.” When the jailer asked the male to repeat what he said, the caller then reportedly said, “Have fun with that.” The caller then hung up the phone.

Caller ID provided jail staff with a phone number, and a cross-reference with the jail’s records management system matched the number with the one Patnou provided when he was booked in late March. Jailers called the number back and reportedly received a voice mail from Patnou. A precautionary search of the jail was then conducted, and nothing suspicious was found.

A deputy went to the address shown for Patnou in the March booking. The deputy made contact with Patnou, who was reportedly nude and intoxicated when he answered the door. His phone had saved a record of where he had called the jail’s number. A jail staff member again dialed the number with the deputy present, and the phone rang, verifying the correct number.

Patnou is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court later this month.

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