Sheriff: Local defendant calls in bomb threat to 'buy himself more time'

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Published: Oct. 8, 2019 at 5:45 PM CDT
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A defendant in a child sex abuse case has been arrested on a new charge after authorities say he called in a bomb threat to the McLennan County Courthouse on the day of his hearing to "buy himself more time."

Christopher Wayne Drake Jr., 31, was charged Monday with terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.

He remained in the McLennan County Jail Tuesday on that charge and on a Woodway charge of indecency with a child by contact.

According to officials with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, Drake called Waco PD dispatch around 8:40 Monday morning saying there was a bomb "in the 54th precinct."

Authorities assumed he meant the 54th District Court.

McLennan County bomb unit officials say the caller told the dispatcher "there is a bomb, get everybody out or everybody will die."

The bomb squad responded to the courthouse and, with the help of the unit's new explosives K-9, did a sweep of the building.

No threat was found, therefore the building was cleared, no one was evacuated, and court proceedings continued as usual, officials said.

Drake, who was on the 54th District Court docket Monday, came to his hearing, plead guilty on the indecency charge, then was released to await a future sentencing hearing, officials said.

Within three hours of the threat, McLennan County nvestigators learned the identity of the caller by tracing the phone, but Drake had already left the courthouse, they said.

After obtaining an arrest warrant, patrol deputies found and arrested Drake at a relatives home in Waco at around 7 p.m.

Drake remained jailed Tuesday night in lieu of a $10,000 bond on the bomb threat charge.