And call it an unmistakable sign of good detective work that the person apparently responsible for the threats, Marietta Square restaurant owner Jody Wilson, 45, was apprehended not long after allegedly calling in the threats from a Citgo Station on Roswell Street less than a mile his eatery. A sweep of the courthouses found no explosive devices.
Why would a respected restaurateur, whose establishment was often frequented by Cobb’s courthouse crowd thanks to its food and prime location, do something like this? Cobb officials were tightlipped, but their counterparts in Cherokee said Wilson’s Woodstock home was in foreclosure and was slated to be auctioned off on the courthouse steps on the morning that he called in the threat. And reporters for this newspaper determined that his house has been in and out of foreclosure since 2010.
Wilson has been charged with making terroristic threats, giving false statements and a number of other charges, most of them felonies. According to Cherokee officials, Wilson is also charged with making similar threats against the two courthouses back in January. As of this writing, he remains in the Cobb jail.
“We will not tolerate anyone trying to intimidate our court officials, our prosecutors, our citizens that come to this courthouse to conduct business and in this judicial complex,” said Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren. “We will not tolerate any individual making threats against law enforcement officers in this county while they’re doing their jobs.”
The Cobb, Marietta and Cherokee police, sheriffs’ and district attorney’s offices are to be saluted for their swift work in apprehending the bomb threat suspect and for apparently working seamlessly together in the process.
Oh, and by the way — the foreclosure auction on the steps of the Cobb courthouse took place on Tuesday despite the interruption. And that is as it should have been.