By Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
A man accused of threatening to blow up Willie’s Chicken Shack Tuesday night (Nov. 13) claimed to police when confronted about the allegation that his words were merely a reference to a bowel movement, the man’s warrant states.
Arthur Posey, 30, was booked on charges in connection to a bomb threat after his story was not corroborated with the restaurant’s employees, New Orleans police wrote in the warrant. Shortly after police were made aware of the bomb threat at the Canal Street restaurant, an officer confronted Posey inside a business in the next block, where the officer saw Posey enter.
Posey claimed to the officer he told a male employee he was going to “’blow the bathroom up,’ in reference to a bowel movement,” the warrant states. However, police say a Willie’s Chicken Shack employee told officers “Mr. Posey never told him anything about a bathroom.”
Posey faces two counts of communicating of false information of planned arson. Orleans Parish Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell on Wednesday appointed the Orleans Public Defender’s Office to represent Posey. He scheduled a mental competency hearing for Nov. 29 in the case.
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According to the warrant, the restaurant’s manager said that a man later identified as Posey went into the restaurant and approached the food preparation area, then asked her what time the restaurant closed. She told the man she did not know when the restaurant closed, the manager told police. The manager stated the man, who wore a green hat, blue jacket and carried a white bag, then replied, “Y’all about to close right now because I’m going to get a bomb and blow this place up.”
The bomb threat was reported shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, the warrant states.
The manager told police she “took the threat very serious” and notified her general manager, who instructed her to call police, states the warrant, sworn by Officer Trevor Abney. Abney wrote that the manager was “slightly shaking” as she spoke to the officer.
Another Willie’s Chicken Shack employee told police she heard Posey, “say he was going to get a bomb and put it under the middle table of the restaurant closest to the front door,” the warrant also states.
At the time of his arrest, Posey was wearing a green hat, blue jacket, blue pants and was carrying a white plastic bag, police said.