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Man charged with making bomb threat at courthouse one hour before scheduled appearance

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 22:25:28-05

WAUKESHA — Jeffrey Ferrick was charged Tuesday after he allegedly made several calls claiming there were five bombs in the Waukesha County Courthouse.

According to the criminal complaint, Ferrick made two calls Monday morning stating that there were bombs in the Waukesha County Courthouse. He claimed that the first of five was set to go off at 9:00 a.m. with the remainder set to detonate throughout the rest of the day.

The courthouse was eventually evacuated, searched, and cleared. No bombs were found.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office determined where the calls came from and looked at surveillance from both locations. One was Aurora Summit Hospital and the other was Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Police discovered that the caller in both instances was Ferrick.

Police found that Ferrick already had criminal charges against him for felony theft and misdemeanor theft. He was to appear in court at 10:00 a.m. Monday. The calls were placed around 9:00 a.m., a mere hour before he was due in court.

Waukesha County detectives went to Ferrick's house where he was arrested.

The detectives executed three search warrants of Ferrick's house, vehicle, and phone. They found the same clothes he was wearing when he placed the calls in addition to 17 different firearms which appear to be semi-automatic, according to the complaint.

Ferrick is now facing the following charges:

  • Bomb scare - punishable up to 3.5 years in prison
  • Terrorist threats - punishable up to 3.5 years in prison
  • Felony bail jumping - punishable up to six years in prison

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