Man held on bail for bomb threat

Ronald Bone is being held in Island County jail on $15,000 bail for an alleged bomb threat.

The Oak Harbor man whose alleged bomb threat led to a large-scale response Sept. 26 is being held in Island County jail on $15,000 bail, according to court documents.

In addition, a judge ordered that the suspect, 61-year-old Ronald Bone, be interviewed by a mental health professional for possible commitment prior to being released.

Prosecutors charged Bone in Island County Superior Court Sept. 28 with making a threat to bomb or injure property and assault in the third degree. Bone is identified as a transient in court papers.

An attorney reported to police Sept. 26 that Bone had threatened to “take a bomb to court and shoot some cops,” according to a report by an officer with the Oak Harbor Police Department. Bone was due in district court the following day on gross misdemeanor charges.

That afternoon an officer spotted Bone’s distinctive 1989 Lincoln Town Car in the Wendy’s drive-thru and pulled him over nearby. Bone allegedly took swings at an officer but missed while he was being arrested, the report states. He told the officers that his threat was “frivolous” and that he didn’t have a gun, the report states.

Bone also told the officers that he has the right to use deadly force and that he worked for the CIA and special forces, the officer wrote.

A canine unit from the Navy base responded to the scene and a dog alerted on the truck of the car. Officers evacuated businesses in the area and closed the nearby section of highway for about four hours as an explosive ordnance disposal team responded from Everett. The team had members from the State Patrol, the AFT and the FBI.

The team, with the use of a robot, determined that no explosives were in the car. Officers then served a search warrant on the vehicle and found a propane tank, drug paraphernalia and prescription medication, the report states.