Amo man jailed after calling bomb threats to Florida State University

Sunday, December 20, 2015
Greencastle police used the department Facebook page to circulate surveillance photos of a man who reportedly called bomb threats to Florida State University from two Putnam County locations. Tips led police to Brandon Wingler, 28, of Amo. (Courtesy of Greencastle Police Department)

A Hendricks County man is in custody after allegedly calling a pair of bomb threats to Florida State University from local gas stations.

Brandon Wingler

Brandon Wingler, 28, Amo, was booked into the Putnam County Jail on an intimidation charge. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

The case started at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, when a man wearing a dark hat and dark sweatshirt entered the Marathon Gas Station on North Jackson Street in Greencastle to use the phone. He then called a bomb threat to Florida State.

The man reportedly then drove to Country Mart in Fillmore and again called Florida State, making a similar threat.

Greencastle Police Department Sgt. Ed Wilson was contacted by Sgt. Richard Wooten from the Florida State University Police Department, requesting help locating the person who made the calls.

Wooten explained that considering the time and resources that go into dealing with a bomb threat, his department was willing to come from Florida to pick up the subject, should an arrest be made.

After obtaining surveillance footage of the man, GPD posted photos on its Facebook page, resulting in numerous tips.

One tip led to Wingler, who was interviewed by Det. Sgt. Michael Collins. He was then booked into the jail on an intimidation charge, pending further review by Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter.

There is currently no word on what charges Wingler is likely to face in Florida.

GPD credited a number of its own officers and other local partners for their work in apprehending Wingler, including Sgt. Wilson, Prosecutor Bookwalter, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Justin Long, Det. Sgt. Collins, Asst. Chief Brian Hopkins and 911 dispatcher Meghan Monaco.

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  • Typical Indiana vermin.

    -- Posted by OnceaHoosier on Sun, Dec 20, 2015, at 5:11 PM
  • It will be interesting to learn why Florida State and why during their break when the campus is like a ghost town.

    -- Posted by kbmom on Mon, Dec 21, 2015, at 7:21 AM
  • Great work and great cooperation to all!

    -- Posted by chicki1112 on Mon, Dec 21, 2015, at 8:27 AM
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