A 22-year-old Racine woman stands accused of calling in a bomb threat Tuesday to Gateway Technical College.
Tabitha Scruggs was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with calling in a bomb scare to Gateway Technical College on March 5 and possessing a firearm as a felon. She was also charged as a repeat offender, which added more time to the potential sentence.
If convicted of both charges, Scruggs faces up to 17 years six months in prison and/or fines up to $35,000.
According to the criminal complaint, a person called the school saying that a “suicidal student might bring a bomb to his next scheduled class at 1 p.m.” The person making the call identified herself as Tabitha Scruggs. She told a school official that she wanted a wellness check on him because she thought he was suicidal and had a warrant out for his arrest.
The investigator knew Scruggs and her phone number. The next day the investigator called Scruggs, who said she was drunk and she would be in the next day to speak with him. Texting a picture of herself with a Glock handgun in her mouth, she asked the officer if the picture was the issue.
Scruggs was found at her home on March 7 and brought in for questioning. She told the police even though she is a lesbian, she wanted to get pregnant with the male student, who had lived with her for the past two months.
“Tabitha stated the male student became jealous of her friend ‘Joe,’” the man fought with the other man and the male student moved out of Tabitha’s house. Tabitha went to the male student’s parent’s house and told them he was “causing problems.”
Scruggs told police that she used “Joe’s” gun to make the photo she sent to police and to the male student’s Facebook page using Snapchat. In one of the postings, she told him he owed her money and he should kill himself, the complaint reads.
When police read through Scruggs’ text messages, they also found messages to the male student where she told him she would call Gateway and have the police lock him up. Scruggs admitted to sending the messages and having the gun.
During an interview with the police, the male student’s estranged wife said Scruggs was on the front porch of her building at 2 a.m. March 5 holding a black handgun. But she didn’t call the police because she was afraid that Scruggs would retaliate against her.
Scruggs is being held on a $15,000 cash bond.
Court records show that the criminal complaint was redacted and the original complaint should not be released to the public. A preliminary hearing on the case has been set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac.
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