Schools at Minot AFB were put on lock-down after a woman called into the Head Start preschool there threatening to kill all the children Thursday morning. The lock-downs were lifted by 12:30 p.m. after police had determined the threat was unfounded.
Tiffany Shanice Anderson, 23, of Lompoc, Calif., in Santa Barbara County, was arrested at her home Thursday evening at 10 p.m. without incident. She was charged with making threats and providing false information on events that would lead to death or injury to people and destruction of property.
Anderson allegedly has a history of making threats to various base facilities. Her threats apprently began with a call to the base Visitor's Center on Nov. 6, 2012, when she reportedly told the airman who answered the phone "good luck finding the bomb," according to a statement by the investigating FBI agent in court documents.
Anderson, who works at Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic, in Santa Barbara, Calif., has used both her work phone and her cell phone, both unhidden numbers, and has implicitly stated her name in the threats, according to the FBI. She has also used text messaging, Internet chatting services, and Internet phone services to send often profanity-laced threats to base offices.
She would invariably ask to speak with an airman stationed at the base who she formerly was in a relationship with, and would grow agitated when the base would not put him on the line. Anderson claims that she is pregnant and demands that the airman declare the unborn child to be his and take care of her.
FBI investigators attached to the Minneapolis field office but under residency in Minot have been following Anderson's case since the beginning of the threats. The airman that Anderson is harassing has cooperated in the investigations, according to court documents provided by the FBI.