Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said the car owner, who also lives in the neighborhood, was on her way to work Wednesday morning when she discovered she had a flat tire. Baker said she legally parked the car on the street and got a ride to work, with intentions of returning that afternoon to fix the tire. But before she returned, authorities said Anthony Couse, 43, placed the alarming signs on the car, then took pictures and posted them on Facebook.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the location. Unsure if the signs were a hoax, deputies immediately shut down Lexington Avenue and called in a K-9 unit and other investigators. Baker said a bomb squad was en route, but it was determined that it was likely a hoax, and the bomb unit was called off.
Deputies and investigators quickly developed a suspect in the case after speaking with residents in the area. Baker said Couse, who was in the county jail earlier this year on a probation violation, admitted to placing the signs and was taken into custody.
Couse is charged with false public alarm and terroristic threats. He was in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention center with a $22,400 bond.