Preliminary hearing set for 911 prank caller

Jimmie Willis, 27, arrested Thursday night.  The Nibley man is accused of calling 911 saying there was a gunman at the south Logan Walmart, to avoid being arrested during a traffic stop. 

LOGAN — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a man accused of calling in a gun threat to a local department store, to avoid being arrested.

Jimmie Willis appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning to face new misdemeanor charges including obstructing justice, making a false alarm, driving on a denied license and giving false personal information to a police officer.

Judge Thomas Willmore set a hearing date for next Monday when prosecutors will present their evidence to justify the new charges.

The 27-year-old Nibley man is accused of calling 911 last Thursday and reporting that there was a gunman at the south Logan Walmart. The prank call caused a scare among customers and prompted police to temporarily lockdown the store and other surrounding businesses.

Investigators later determined the call came from Willis who had been pulled over by an officer, making a traffic stop. It is believed the suspect made the call to lure the officer to the more important public safety incident and avoid being arrested.  He was later booked into the Cache County Jail after SWAT team members surrounded his Nibley home. He remains in jail on $3,280 bail.

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