LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Two Lee County employees are behind bars and accused of planting a fake bomb at county owned gas pumps. Sheriff Mike Scott told WINK News the men stood and watched as the bomb squad was called out and then even helped evacuate people from the building.
Randal Feinstein, 61, of Cape Coral and William Prussman, 64, of Cape Coral, are facing charges of planting a hoax bomb. Feinsten is considered second in command at the Lee County Fleet Department and is facing additional charges for telling other employees not to tell on him.
Marilyn Rawlings, director of Lee County Fleet Management, reacted to the news that two of her own were arrested in connection to planting the fake bomb.
"Its definitely a dark day for Lee County Fleet. A rubber snake is funny, plastic vomit might be funny, but this is not funny," said Rawlings.
Sheriff Mike Scott told WINK News the two men placed a briefcase near a gas pump on the fuel island of the Lee County Fleet Facility on September 8, three days before the 10th anniversary of 9-11. The fuel island holds 20,000 gallons of fuel.
"It was probably intended to be a practical joke but proximate to 9-11 on a fuel dock at county maintenance and a monster propane tank right next store? Thats not a joke," said Scott.
The facility was locked down and everyone evacuated. Prussman even notified the staff there was an emergency.
"All the while the two that were responsible for it stood there and watched and that is what really frosted me," said Scott.
When WINK News tried speaking with the family of Prussman, no one was home. At the Feinstein's home, the family didn't want to talk. Scott said the men could have to pay for the resources used. Feinstein is facing an addition charge of tampering with a witness because deputies said he told other employees not to tell.
Both men are still employed for now. "They are still county employees, they are being put on administrative leave," said Rawlings.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office report also said the two men premeditated the plan and they talked about where to put the briefcase in order to create fear. Both men will have their first court appearance Thursday morning.