Wilson, 45, is now facing an additional five charges stemming from a similar threat made on Jan. 2.
Cobb authorities have yet to go on record as to Wilson’s motive, but his home on Surrey Drive in Woodstock has been advertised for foreclosure 10 times since 2010, according to records.
The monthly foreclosure auctions in both Cherokee and Cobb County are on the first Tuesday of each month.
Cobb authorities have lobbed a slew of charges at Wilson, and if he were to be found guilty of them all he could get up to 40 years in prison. The charges include two counts each of transmitting a false public alarm; intimidation or injury of grand or petit or court officers; preventing or disrupting lawful meetings, gatherings or processions; false statements in writing and terroristic threats or acts.
Cherokee issued identical charges Tuesday with the exception of the false statements in writing charge. The charges, combined with those in Cobb County, could send Wilson to prison for the rest of his life if he were convicted and a judge decided to give maximum sentences.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said in a news release that his department charged Wilson with making threats in both Tuesday’s incident and the one in January. He said the detectives believe Wilson’s motive was to disrupt the foreclosure sale.
Cobb County Sheriff’s Office denied a request by MDJ for an audio copy of the threatening 911 call that Wilson allegedly placed Tuesday morning from a Citgo gas station on Roswell Street.
Cherokee County deputies obtained a search warrant for Wilson’s home Tuesday afternoon, Baker said.
When and if Wilson is released from the Cobb County Jail, he will be taken to Cherokee County Jail to face charges there.
Wilson’s home was not up for sale on the Cherokee County Justice Center front steps Tuesday. It was, however, slated to be sold on June 6, 2012, when another bomb threat was made to Cobb 911 from a Chevron gas station at 1501 Roswell Road. Though the call was made through Cobb 911, only the Cherokee courthouse was threatened.
Wilson has not been charged for the June 2012 threat.
At the Starlight Cafe, the restaurant the Woodstock resident co-owns with his wife Lidya, everything appeared to be business as usual during Wednesday’s lunch rush.
Groups of businesspeople, lawyers and a couple of sheriff’s deputies enjoyed sandwiches and salads, seemingly unfazed by the previous day’s events involving the restaurant’s owner.
Lidya Wilson worked the counter while three cooks worked the kitchen and another employee assisted in clearing tables. Though she smiled and greeted customers, she declined to be interviewed.
An employee said Lidya was “too frazzled” by Tuesday’s events to comment and would not confirm whether the popular eatery would remain open.
One customer from Powder Springs was unaware of the restaurant owner’s connection with the threats. Leah, a recent graduate of Georgia Highlands College, and her mother Pam, a Pennsylvania resident, were perusing a brochure about the city when they were told the news.
“It’s surprising,” the student said. “We just found this restaurant, and it’s really good.”