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Walmart contract employee arrested for bomb threat

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Catherine W. Idzerda
April 28, 2011

A maintenance man under contract with Walmart told police he didn’t want to go work on Thursday.


Instead of calling in sick, however, Francisco J. Vargas, 29, of Detroit, Mich., called in a bomb threat, according to police reports.


The Janesville Police Department responded to Walmart, 3800 Deerfield Drive, after several 911 calls were made to the Rock County Communications Center. The caller “threatened acts against the building,” a news release from the police department said.


After police reported the threat, the store’s manager made the decision to evacuate.


The business was closed for about 90 minutes while officers secured the area and located the suspect.


Vargas is a contract worker for Walmart and was scheduled to do some work at the store, said Sgt. Chad Pearson.


“He was trying to get out of doing the work,” Pearson said.


Vargas was arrested for two felony counts of reporting false emergencies to 911, and one felony count of causing a bomb scare.


He is being held at the Rock County Jail.



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