WEST MELBOURNE, Florida – A Florida man allegedly pretended to have a Middle-Eastern accent when he threatened to blow up a gay bar in West Melbourne, Florida.
According to the West Melbourne Police Department, 18-year-old Randolph Charles Goodwin, of Melbourne, Florida, called The Twisted Rooster bar located at 1220 West New Haven Avenue just before 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2018.
During the phone call, Goodwin allegedly used a Middle-Eastern accent when he asked an employee of the Twisted Rooster if the establishment was a gay bar.
The employee responded, ” Yes, we are a no labels bar.”
Goodwin then allegedly asked what time the bar opened and the employee responded 5 p.m.
Police say that’s when Goodwin began screaming out loud that he was going to blow up the bar and hung up.
When detectives arrived at Goodwin’s residence, he allegedly admitted to calling the Twisted Rooster using a ‘blocked’ number and used an accent to disguise his voice.
Detectives also learned that Goodwin and his friends were making crank phone calls to several local businesses at the time.
Goodwin was arrested and charged with making a false report of planting a bomb.
The Florida man was transported to the Brevard County Jail with a $5,000 bond.
Goodwin’s alleged crank phone call comes less than two years after Pulse Nightclub, a gay bar in nearby Orlando, Florida, was the scene of the second-worst mass shooting in U.S. history where 49 people were killed and 53 were injured.
The Pulse Nightclub shooting was committed by Omar Matteen, a man of Middle-Eastern descent.