Vero Beach Man Threatens To Blow Up Martin County Sheriff’s Office

A Vero Beach man was arrested after making a bomb threat.
A Vero Beach man was arrested after making a bomb threat. Photo by Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

VERO BEACH – A Vero Beach man was arrested Tuesday after he called the Martin Memorial Health Systems and threatened to “blow up” the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, according to the report.

Richard Gerald Orr, 56, was charged with Felony False Report of Planting a Bomb, and Trespassing. He’s currently in jail on a $51,000.000 bond.

The incident occurred Tuesday at approximately 2:00 p.m. when a man called the Martin Memorial Health Systems in Stuart. The operator said the man stated “within 72 hours he was going to blow up the fu–ing Martin County Sheriff’s Department” before hanging up.

The operator noticed it was a Vero Beach number and notified the sheriff’s department immediately. A detective took down the information and began his investigation.

“I then returned to the Martin County Sherriff’s Office and was informed that the phone number that called Martin Memorial Health Systems was being pinged due to the threat made to blow up the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and due to the nature of the threat, it was imperative to locate the suspect in an attempt to deter potential loss of life,” the detective said.

The first thing the detective did was run a search for the phone number on Facebook, at which time they located a user profile with the name “Richard Orr.”

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Another detective was very familiar with Richard Orr, having dealt with other phone calls in December. It was obvious that Orr is not pleased with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and made statements suggesting that he was arrested when he was younger for making bomb materials.

Detectives pinged the location of Orr’s phone and found him inside a tent in the woods near Vero Beach, the report said.

Once he was arrested, Orr stated he did not make any bomb threats and wished to speak with a lawyer.

Orr was then transported to the Indian River County Jail.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.