PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) – The Port Allen Police Department, West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police were called to a reported bomb threat on Friday morning.
The First Bank of Port Allen alerted the Port Allen Police Department about a bomb threat around 9:30 a.m.
The Port Allen Police Department immediately responded to the scene and secured the bank.
Port Allen PD said, “While officers were securing the bank, the owner of Court Street Café notified officers about a suspicious person inside of the café.”
Officers hurried to the Court Street Café and located the “suspicious person.”
That person was detained and searched by law enforcement.
The Port Allen Police Department identified the “suspicious person” as Norvin Nathaniel Nez, of New Mexico.
Nez was charged with once count of Illegal Carrying of Weapons.
The New Mexico resident was allegedly “in possession of a loaded handgun and a black backpack containing an A.R. pistol and eight loaded clips,” according to the Port Allen Police Department.
Nez along with two other persons of interest were detained by the Port Allen Police Department.
Port Allen PD said the bank was searched with the help of bomb-sniffing dogs from the Louisiana State Police.
No bomb was found in the First Bank of Port Allen which is located at 780 Court St.
Further investigation into the bomb threat led to the arrest of Pamela Jean De La Luz, of Baton Rouge.
De La Luz was charged with one count of Terrorizing.
Port Allen Police Chief Corey Hicks would like to thank those who were observant of their surroundings and took the time to alert law enforcement.
Chief Hicks said their actions may have saved lives.
At this time, the Port Allen Police Department does not believe that these two incidents are connected and the investigation still remains open.