Multiple agencies – including the Taos Police Department, New Mexico State Police, and the Taos Volunteer Fire Department – responded to a bomb threat at the Walmart in Taos late Tuesday afternoon after some confusion about where the threat originated and which Walmart location was threatened.

Taos Police Chief John Wentz explained that the situation was originally thought to be a bomb threat to the Walmart in Taos, but as the situation evolved, “it turned out to be that somebody here in town was making a telephone bomb threat to a Walmart in Piece Township, Ohio.” He said that officers went to the Taos Walmart due to “some confusion" at the beginning, thinking that it was the Walmart here in Taos. "It turned out it wasn't a threat to this Walmart.”

After some quick detective work, the police department was able to ping the phone number of the caller who threatened the Ohio Walmart to a houselocated near Smith’s, according to Wentz. 39-year-old David Barton was taken into custody at the Taos County Adult Detention Center on a charge of making an unlawful bomb scare.

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