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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Warrior Man Indicted for Making a Threat

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment yesterday charging a Warrior man with engaging in conduct with the intent to convey false and misleading information regarding the use of a weapon of mass destruction, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.  

According to the indictment, Brian Steven Vest, 50, of Warrior, falsely reported that he had placed a bomb by a statue in Birmingham’s Linn Park  on June 1, 2020. 

If convicted, Vest faces a maximum of five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. 

The FBI, Birmingham Police Department, and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office worked in partnership investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Cornelius is prosecuting the case.

An indictment contains only charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated April 28, 2021