Lawmen say a man became upset when he couldn’t renew his car tags and threatened to blow up the Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s Office.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s office in Destin to deal with a disturbance. When they entered, they identified a man matching a description given to them during the call. The man was saying, “No, no, no, this is a setup,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.
When deputies tried to detain him the man declared, “You don’t have the right to stop me” and tried to shoulder his way past the deputies. He was handcuffed despite “significant resistance,” the deputy wrote in the report.
When deputies talked to the agent who phoned in the call, she told them that 46-year-old James Colin Ready of Destin became upset when he learned he couldn’t renew his car tags because his license had been suspended. She said he vowed to make a pipe bomb and blow up the Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s office. The report didn’t say why he threatened the Santa Rosa County office.
“He said he had served in the military and had killed 159 people and was good at it,” the deputy wrote in the report.
He allegedly said “I’m not kidding” and left the office, then returned and ranted that he was going to make a pipe bomb and blow somebody up, the report said.
He was charged with battery on an officer or firefighter, and threatening to discharge a destructive device.