$3,000 bond for man charged with calling in bomb threat at Racine Courthouse


Lee Lucas-RCJ

Lee Lucas-RCJ

Lee Robert Lucas, 46 of Racine has been charged with one county of: Bomb Scares (felony), Unlawful Phone Use-Threatens Harm, and Disorderly Conduct. He was given a $3,000 cash bond after making his initial appearance Friday in Racine Circuit Court. According to Racine County Jail records, he is also on a hold from Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

According to the criminal complaint on October 26, 2015, the Racine County Dispatch Center notified the Racine County Sheriff’s Office that the Racine County Clerk’s office received a bomb threat. A male caller stated that “there’s a bomb in the courthouse” three or four times and hung up. The courthouse was searched and cleared and no bomb was found.

Investigators learned the call originated from a payphone outside MJ Food Mart on Lathrop Ave. Surveillance video showed the suspect touching the handle of the phone. DNA samples were collected and sent to the Wisconsin Crime Lab, the complaint states.

On December 7,2015 the Racine County Sheriff’s Department received notification that a match has been made between the sample and a known offender’s profile in the CODIS system. A search warrant was served at his residence on December 8,2015 and the clothing matched the clothing in the video.

According to the complaint, Investigators interviewed the defendant on December 9th, the defendant admitted to placing the bomb threat. The defendant admitted that he had been involved with a female party for a year and knew she had an eviction hearing on October 26,2015. The defendant stated he cared for her and her child and did not want to see them evicted. The defendant stated that after the photo was released to the media he was confronted by his wife, who asked him “you did this for XXXX, didn’t you?”, at which time he allegedly admitted to placing the call.