Brandon Goodin (Photo: Benton Police Department)
BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Benton Police Department arrested a second suspect after a threatening email was sent to the police department on April 11.
According to Lt. Kevin Russell, Brandon Goodin, 21, was arrested April 19 after the investigation led Benton Police Detectives and FBI agents to his residence in Bryant.
Goodin is charged with two counts of Terrorism, two counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft of Property, two counts of Computer Fraud, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Aggravated Robbery. Goodin attended a bond hearing at Benton District Court. He is being held in lieu of $250,000.
Russell also said evidence suggested that Goodin was planning on robbing a local bank in the near future and had the weapons in his possession to carry out the crime.
Russell said the email in question demanded a large amount of cash and gave specific directions on how to transfer it to them. They indicated that if their directions weren't followed, they would kill one person every day until their demands were met.
Since there were detailed and explicit demands in the email, the information was taken very seriously as being credible. Immediately after receiving the email, police contacted the FBI for assistance.
Benjamin Spears, 33, has also been arrested in the case. He is charged with Terrorism, Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft of Property, and Computer Fraud. Spears is also being held in lieu of $250,000.
The investigation is on-going, and upon further inspection of the evidence, there could be more charges in the future.
The department asks that anybody with information about this crime contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS. Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword 'BNPD' in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com and submit a tip there.