Lakeland man arrested in Gainesville for threatening to bomb Seminole Police Department in Tampa

Staff report

Updated on April 6, 2024: In 2024, Wood was found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity. Judge David Kreider ordered him released to receive treatment at Meridian and follow his mental health treatment plan. Kreider’s order states that he does not present a danger to himself or others.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alexander Andrew Wood, 34, of Lakeland, was arrested yesterday afternoon in Gainesville on charges of threatening to bomb the Seminole Police Department in Tampa.

The incident began with multiple phone calls on February 6 to the dispatcher at Seminole Police Department (SPD), which serves the communities of the Seminole Tribes in Florida. The caller (whose number was shown on the dispatcher’s Caller ID) allegedly said he was outside the building with a gun, specifically listing the address of SPD’s station in Tampa. He then allegedly said, “I’m about to come in right now” and “I’m at the door.” He said he could see an officer smoking outside and added, “Let me deal with that real quick while you are on the phone… Let me mute it, I don’t want you to hear what I’m about to do to that dude… I got a grenade.”

Officers immediately began to search the vicinity of the station. The caller then said, “Do you know your Chief of Police? His name’s published? Do you know his house is published on people.com? Do you know where I am?… I’m at his house and guess who I see inside? A little girl… She’s not there any more, do you know why? Because I am holding her… I want blood for the blood that was taken from me by the officers who came looking for me, served me with a trespass and then put their hands on me.”

The caller then reportedly made reference to an anarchist handbook and his ability to make bombs. He also gave his name (Alexander Wood) when asked by the dispatcher. The caller reportedly talked about a recent trespass case and his “termination from the Seminole Tribe.” The call lasted about 49 minutes.

An SPD detective recognized the voice on the call from previous contact with Wood. An exigent circumstances request gave the department the subscriber information for the phone number, showing that it belonged to Alexander Wood. Wood has a history of making violent threats and attempted to purchase a gun on January 19, 2022.

Cell phone records showed that Wood was actually at a hotel on SW 13th Street in Gainesville when the threats were made, and his vehicle had been seen at the hotel by local law enforcement officers in the time period of the threats. A warrant was issued in the 8th Judicial Circuit for Wood’s arrest on February 11, and he was taken into custody the same day.

Wood has been charged with making a bomb threat and is being held on $500,000 bond.

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  • Probably thought given Alachua/Gainesville’s leniency on crime that he would get his “Get of Jail Free” card.

    Not this time.

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