PUNTA GORDA-- Punta Gorda Police Detectives and Officers arrested a 16-year-old Punta Gorda male Monday, in connection with two bomb threats at Charlotte High School on Friday, January 7. Travis Michael Goff, of 30109 Elm Road, was arrested Monday on two counts of false report about planting a bomb. These are second-degree felony charges, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Goff also faces two misdemeanor charges of disrupting a school function.
The first bomb threat was phoned into the school shortly before 12:30 p.m. Friday. The male caller told a school operator, “There is a bomb in the cafeteria and it is going to detonate in five minutes.” The caller hung up and immediately phoned again to say, “I’m not kidding, five minutes.” The school was evacuated and searched. Nothing suspicious was found. Less than an hour later, at about 1:27 p.m., a third call was made saying, “I told you, the cafeteria.” This time, the school was dismissed early for the day because of the call. The campus was searched again and nothing was found.
A witness called Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers on Sunday, January 9, and provided information leading to Goff’s arrest. That witness now may be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward.
“I want to thank the witness who called Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, along with the others who have cooperated and provided information about this serious crime,” stated Punta Gorda Police Chief Albert “Butch” Arenal. “This is another outstanding example of what can be accomplished when an effective partnership exists between police and our community.” Chief Arenal also expressed his appreciation toward Crime Stoppers, who he referred to as an essential ally in fighting crime in Southwest Florida.
If you have information about a crime, you may be eligible for a reward by calling Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips can be e-mailed anonymously to Crime Stoppers as well. For more information, go to www.swflcrimestoppers.org.