The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 8, 2013

Pair arrested for bomb threats

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— An 18-year-old Dover woman was arrested last week in Oklahoma County on a complaint of making a bomb threat at the governor’s mansion and a nursing home.

Authorities say it was a plot to help her boyfriend get even with an ex-girlfriend.

Whittni Nikole Butts was arrested Feb. 1 by Oklahoma Highway Patrol on complaints of making bomb threats to the governor’s mansion and an Oklahoma City nursing home, false personation of another and conspiracy to commit a bomb threat. Eric Randolph Thompson, 45, of Oklahoma City, was arrested on the same complaints.

According to an affidavit filed in both cases, Thompson was incarcerated in Oklahoma County jail from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 and was visited by Butts, who identified herself as his girlfriend.

During the visits, Thompson told Butts he wanted her to “get even” with his ex-girlfriend, Denise King, according to the affidavit. Butts arranged to have Thompson bonded out of jail at about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1.

Thompson had Butts drive by the Tuscany Village Nursing Home, and told her this was where King was employed. He then told Butts he wanted her to drive to a pay phone, call 911, identify herself as King and to report a bomb threat at the governor’s mansion and King’s place of employment, according to the affidavit.

At 10:23 a.m., Butts used a pay phone at a convenience store to make the calls of bomb threats and identify herself as King, according to affidavit. Thompson was present when the calls were made.

After reporting the threats, Butts drove Thompson to the nursing home where King works, and the two waited for the police to arrive. Thompson told Butts he wanted to see King arrested, the affidavit states.

King was interviewed and showed troopers text messages from phone numbers she knew belonged to Butts and Thompson, according to the affidavit, and the messages imply the pair wanted to get even with her.

Butts was contacted the evening of Feb. 1 by a trooper and admitted she made the 911 call, according to the affidavit. Butts was arrested and wrote a statement that detailed the plan to have King arrested.

Thompson was arrested Feb. 1, and wrote a statement instead of speaking with troopers.

In his statement, he detailed the plan to have King arrested for the bomb threats, and said they drove to King’s work after the 911 calls were made to witness her arrest, according to the affidavit.

Online court records show a felony docket filing for Butts and Thompson, but do not list what charges have been filed. Butts is free on $12,500 bail, and Thompson is being held without bond. The online site does not list the next court appearance dates for either one.