43-year-old Ebn Wandell, of Hilo was charged with terroristic threatening following a January 24 incident involving a suspicious bag at a Hilo shopping center.Hilo patrol officers responded to a possible bomb threat. Upon arrival they determined that four minutes earlier a man, later identified as Wandell, walked into the center’s management office with a bag, making statements it contained a bomb. Wandell left the bag in the office and then fled the area on foot.
When the HPD Bomb Squad arrived on scene they determined that the bag was empty.greg.matias @hawaiicounty.gov. HPD PhotoWandell later returned to the property, where police located and arrested him. After conferring with the County Prosecutors Office, Wandell was charged with one count of second-degree terroristic threatening. His bail is set at $1,000. Wandell remains in police custody pending his initial Hilo District court appearance today. Anyone who may have further information on this incident is encouraged to contact the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311 or contact Officer Greg Matias via email at