PONTOTOC – Pontotoc Police Chief Larry Poole reported that a Houlka man has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged unlawful hoax involving mailing a letter containing a harmless powdered substance to a Pontotoc business owner.
Poole said Monday that Bobby Carl Hill, 70, of 131 Corey Lane, Houlka, was arrested late Friday afternoon after a search warrant was executed at the suspect’s home. Poole said that Hill has been charged under a state statute involving unlawful hoaxes affecting public health.
“He (Hill) is charged with false representation of exposure to harmful biological, chemical or radioactive substance or device,” Poole said.
According to the statute (97-27-12), it is “unlawful for any person to commit an act intended to cause another person to falsely believe that said person has been exposed to a harmful biological or chemical substance.”
On Saturday, Pontotoc City Judge Greg Brown set Hill’s bond at $150,000. Poole said that Hill bonded out of the Pontotoc County Jail on Sunday afternoon.
Poole said that Hill is charged with allegedly mailing a letter containing a powdered substance to Pontotoc business owner Frank Wilson on Wednesday. Wilson told authorities he opened the letter at his business, Pool Specialist, located on West Oxford Street in Pontotoc, and began coughing.
Wilson called the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department, and an emergency alert ensued with seven law enforcement and emergency medical departments responding to the scene around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.