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Victoria woman arrested on suspicion of making bomb threat

By Bianca Montes
June 10, 2014 at 1:10 a.m.
Updated June 11, 2014 at 1:11 a.m.

Dominique Porche Ross

A 36-year-old Victoria woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of phoning in a bomb threat against the Victoria County Courthouse.

Dominique Porche Ross was arrested at the district courthouse when she arrived for her 9 a.m. motions hearing, Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said. According to court documents, Ross was scheduled to see Judge Robert Cheshire at 9 a.m. for two theft of property charges.

The sheriff's office and Victoria College received phone calls about 7 a.m. threatening the courthouse, O'Connor said.

The courthouse was immediately evacuated. O'Connor said he didn't have an exact number of those in the building at the time of the evacuation, but that it was limited.

Ross has an extensive criminal background dating back to 1998, which includes several theft of property charges, robbery, criminal mischief and credit card abuse.

The charge of reporting a false alarm or making a false report is a felony punishable of up to two years in a state jail with possible fines up to $10,000.

"I feel fortunate that over the years we've been able to build a resource capable of quickly identifying and locating the individual," O'Connor said, but he declined to comment about how Ross was identified as the caller.

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