Two men arrested after bomb threat called into Martinsville Walmart Sunday, authorities say

Southside Virginia News

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men after a bomb threat was called into a Martinsville Walmart on Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, a bomb threat was called into the Walmart located at 976 Commonwealth Boulevard.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Explosives Detection Canine — along with canines from Virginia State Police, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia Tech Police Department — conducted a thorough search of the property, but could not locate anything suspicious.

During the investigation, authorities discovered 18-year-old Keegan Blaise Ashbrook and 36-year-old Ricky Lee Stout traveled to Walmart together then entered the store. 

Around 2:25 p.m. on Sunday, Walmart staff detained Ashbrook for shoplifting. Shortly after Ashbrook was detained, Walmart received the bomb threat.

Authorities found evidence indicating that the bomb threat was called in by Stout. The bomb threat may have been called into Walmart as a way to help Ashbrook with evading arrest, according to the sheriff’s office.

Officials say the two men have been arrested and charged with the following:

  • Ricky Lee Stout of Rocky Mount: Threatening to bomb a building (felony)
    • He was arrested on Tuesday, May 18.
    • As of Thursday, May 20, he is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $3,500 secured bond.
  • Keegan Blaise Ashbrook of Roanoke: Shoplifting and possession of a concealed weapon (misdemeanors). 
    • He was arrested on Sunday, May 16.
    • As of Thursday, May 20, he has been released on a $1,500 secured bond.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463).

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