Walker County authorities have named a suspect and a person of interest in connection to the hospital bomb threat investigated last Friday.
The suspect is identified as Brandon Joseph Peake, 32, and police say they have warrants out for his arrest. He is charged with robbery first degree and making terroristic threats. Reporter Christy Hutchings will have the latest on this case on FOX6 News at 9 and 10.
The person of interest is Tamra Starr Files, 31. Peake and Files are in a relationship and have both spent most of their lives in Walker County, Police Chief Connie Rowe said.
Peake is described as a 6'1", 185 pound man with brown eyes and brown hair. Files is 5'2", 130 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair.
The couple is believed to be traveling in a black Chevy Silverado with the vanity plate "4PLAE." Police urge the public to not approach the couple or the vehicle if spotted. Instead, they ask citizens with tips to call police immediately.
Police say Peake and Files are connected to the bomb threat called into Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper and an implied threat to a bridge on Highway 69.
The bomb threats prompted the WBMC to evacuate all staff members and 76 patients from the building for several hours on Friday. A woman ended up giving birth in the hospital parking lot in the midst of the evacuation. A bomb squad searched the hospital and did not find any threats.
State troopers also swept Highway 69 across Walker County from the Cullman County line to the Tuscaloosa County line. They did not find anything suspicious.
Authorities said later on Friday afternoon, the Walker County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call about a bank robbery at the Trader and Farmers bank. Officials say Peake and Files are also considered persons of interest in that case.
Jasper Police, the Walker County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney Bill Adair called a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Anyone with information about either Peake or Files' location is asked to contact Jasper police.
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