Donald John Pinter. Credit: Naples Police Department

Man arrested, accused of bomb threat to Naples RaceTrac gas station

A man was arrested Tuesday after being accused of making a false bomb threat in Naples.

Donald John Pinter, 55, of Clayton, North Carolina, was arrested by Naples police for calling in a non-credible bomb threat to the RaceTrac gas station at 1150 Airport-Pulling Road at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 28, according to the report.

According to an affidavit, 22 first responders from the NPD, Naples Fire Department, Naples Emergency Medical Services and Collier County Sheriff’s Office spent three hours on the call, costing around $2,000.

The manager of the RaceTrac said a man called the gas station, informed him there was an explosive device attached to one of the pumps, and insulted him before hanging up. When later played recordings of Pinter responding to an investigator’s questions, the manager claimed to recognize Pinter’s voice as that of the caller.

Pinter used to live in Collier County and still has family in the area. According to an affidavit, Pinter’s brother and niece told investigators Pinter had a history of making false threats towards them and places they work; a CCSO detective confirmed Pinter was suspected of a false bomb threat against a different RaceTrac where Pinter’s brother and niece used to work.

According to the same affidavit, Sprint phone records showed Pinter had called the RaceTrac at the time of the threat. Pinter was extradited to the Naples Jail Center. He faces one felony charge of making a false bomb report, and his bond is set at $10,000.

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