Trial Date Set for Local Man Accused of Terrorist Threat

NIXA, Mo. - A Nixa man who is accused of making a terroristic threat at the city's Walmart has his trial date set.

Arif Rahman's case will be heard in April 2019 during a bench trial.

Rahman is was charged with making a terrorist threat in the second degree in connection with a suspicious package found in the store.

According to court documents, a Walmart employee called about a bomb threat around 10 a.m.  January 27.

Rahman told police that another Walmart employee gave him an item, described as a black box with zip ties holding it together with two red blinking lights. Rahman said he took the box, put it in the back then moved it again later to the grocery receiving area.

A witness told police that Rahman took the box and placed it on the rail of a storage rack purposely to scare someone. Rahman admitted to police in a later interview 'he possibly or probably' put the package there to scare someone.

Police found the box to be a black battery pack with two red blinking LED lights and zip ties.

Ten people had to be evacuated from the building and traffic was shut down around the Walmart for about two and a half hours.

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