Second arrest made in Florida anthrax hoax

Detectives from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit in Florida have arrested Robert Chapman of Englewood, Florida, in connection with an April 21 HazMat evacuation of the Justice Center in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Chapman was charged with being a principal to manufacture, possession, delivery, attempted or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction. This came on the heels of the arrest of John Ridge Emery, III, of Englewood, Florida, who delivered a letter containing a suspected biological/chemical agent during his traffic-related court case, MySunCoast.com reports.

According to MCU detectives, Chapman told Emery he received an envelope containing a biological/chemical agent in the mail Wednesday. Chapman asked Emery transport the letter in a sealed envelope and hand deliver it to Judge Alessandroni. Emery allegedly did so despite knowing the package was suspected to be a biological/chemical agent that could place people in danger, according to MySunCoast.com.

Emery remains in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond after being charged with manufacture, possession, delivery, attempted or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction.

MCU detectives said that proper steps have been taken to clear the Justice Center of any possible danger, MySunCoast.com reports. Charlotte County HazMat officials sealed the envelope in a container and turned it over to the Charlotte County Health Department to transport it to Tampa for further analysis of its contents.