Arrest made in courthouse bomb threat
“Our Violent Crimes Unit along with Crime Stoppers worked tirelessly to identify and locate the individual responsible for this act,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “I want to be clear; if you make a threat to our courthouses or staff, you will go to jail.”
On August 28, 2020, at approximately 8:53 A.M., the Lee County Clerk of Courts and the federal courthouse, located in close proximity to one another, both received suspicious phone calls from a male who spoke of watching the courthouse blow up. Upon making the statements, the male hung up the phone.
Following the incident, all court proceedings were suspended and the buildings were evacuated. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office immediately activated multiple units agency-wide to assist with searching the buildings and surrounding areas for suspicious devices. After several hours, the search yielded negative results for any devices.
Due to the nature of the calls, detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit responded and assumed the investigation. During the investigation, detectives worked diligently to identify the phone number associated with the bomb threat and learned the phone was a prepaid device purchased at a local WAL-MART. Through the use of investigative techniques, reviewing video surveillance footage of the cellphone purchase, coupled with several tips received via SWFL Crime Stoppers, detectives identified the suspect as Daniel A. Logan Wryals (DOB 01/23/1988). Detectives then located and met with Wryals and obtained a statement in connection with the incident. Based upon the ensuing investigation, detectives placed Wryals under arrest.
Daniel Wryals is currently in custody at the Lee County Jail and facing the charge of two counts of false reports concerning planting a bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction in, or committing arson against, state-owned property.