A Hanes Brands Inc. employee was charged in connection with a bomb threat at the Martinsville facility.
Alvin Donnell Hunt, 22, of 1004 Smith Lake Road, Martinsville, was charged with one count threat to bomb, a felony, in connection with an incident that began on September 10, 2019, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began at approximately 5:33 p.m. when a threatening message was allegedly discovered inside Hanes Brands Inc., located at 380 Beaver Creek Drive, Martinsville.
The message allegedly indicated that an explosive device had been placed inside the facility.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Explosives Detection Canine and his handler, along with other deputies, conducted a systematic search of the building. Nothing suspicious was located, according to authorities.
The Henry County Department of Public Safety and local volunteer fire and rescue units were on scene as a precaution. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and company officials worked together to ensure the safety of the employees.
A male employee was developed as a suspect through the course of the investigation.
Hunt was later charged. He was released on a $3,500 unsecured bond.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.