Suspect descriptions released in Hale Center bomb scare - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Suspect descriptions released in Hale Center bomb scare

HALE CENTER, TX (KCBD) - Authorities are now searching for two suspects in the Hale Center bomb scare that happened on Thursday.

Authorities blew up a bomb near 15th and Main Street Thursday around Noon. The ordeal started around 8:45 a.m. with a call to police that someone had been stabbed. When officers arrived, the victim told them there was an explosive device under his truck. That is when the evacuation of two blocks and a junior high started.

The stabbing call came from 107 West 15th Street. The Chief of Police, Terry Timms, found the victim had been stabbed multiple times. The victim then told Timms he had seen a bomb under the hood of his car.

Hale Center Police called the Hale County Sheriff, Lubbock County Bomb Squad, ATF, and the Texas Rangers to help with the investigation. Once the area was evacuated, the bomb squad detonated the small explosive and area residents were allowed to return to their homes.

EMS took the victim to the emergency room where doctors treated his injuries and then he was released to the Hale County Sheriff's Office for his safety. The Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation and have not released the victim's name.

Local authorities want to find two men they say could be connected to the assault and bomb investigation. The first is a white man about 6-feet tall. He has a salt and pepper beard and bald head. Investigators tell us he also has swastika tattoo on his left forearm.

The second suspect is an Hispanic man, 5'5" to 5'8" tall, clean shaven with black, clipped back hair. Both men were seen riding in an older model, dark colored pickup.

If you can help identify these men, you're urged to call local law enforcement.

Authorities have not released the victims name yet, but neighbors have told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that the victim might be Charles Joslin.  Joslin is the radio personality recently charged for stealing money from listeners in an on air scam.  To find out if this was true, NewsChannel 11 went to the home and knocked on the door.  A woman who identified herself as Mrs. Joslin answered.  We asked her how Charles was doing, and she said, "how do you think?"  She then told us the family did not want to make a statement and asked us to leave.  Investigators will not confirm that Joslin was the victim.

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