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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 2, 2020

Man Arrested for Bomb Threats Against Collins Aerospace in Wilson

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces that KiDARRYL T. PHILLIPS faces federal charges for Threatened Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

According to publicly filed documents in federal court, PHILLIPS is alleged to have made six bomb threats targeting Collins Aerospace in Wilson, North Carolina.  Phillips is a contract employee of Collins Aerospace and had his initial appearance today in front of United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates.

If convicted, PHILLIPS would face up to a maximum term of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine as to each count, and a term of up to five years supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  

The charges and allegations contained in the criminal complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Wilson Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting the investigation of this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Gabriel Diaz is prosecuting this case for the government.

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Updated March 2, 2020