(UPDATED) RPD: Nu Nightclub’s Bomb Threat Upgraded to Hate-Crime
An anonymous source from the Richmond Police Department has said that the June 1st bomb threat against Richmond’s Nu Nightclub has been upgraded to a hate-crime.
A hate-crime charge carries with it heavier penalties as it turns the charge into a federal case, and is defined as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” The FBI is also able to take the lead on hate-crime investigations, however there were not further detials provided on the issue at this time.
While specifics are still thin, the anonymous RPD source told GayRVA that the language used in the call prompted the change of the bomb-threat charge into a hate-crime charge.
GayRVA had requested the audio from the bomb threat, however RPD sent a heavily redacted copy of a transcription (see scan from transcription below) from the bomb threat. None of the language used in the call are visible in the transcript.
RPD stated the information was redacted as it is part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
A chronological event log was also included. Again, this document was heavily redacted, but some details were provided, however they were written in police code. RPD explained the log and it appears the series of events played out as followed.
8:03 PM – A call was placed into 911 that made the orginal bomb threat
8:05 PM – patrol cars were dispatched to Nu Nightclub, 2729 W. Broad St.
8:09 PM - the first officer arrived at 2729 W. Broad st.
9:36 PM – RPD gave Nu Nightclub the “all clear” to allow patrons back inside.
Richmond Police responded to GayRVA’s FOIA request for audio from the June 1st 911 call by sending a heavily redacted transcript. Below is a copy of that transcript.
Wile no new information is available (due to the redaction), an attached document details the chronology of the police response from that night. The detailed listing is mainly in police code, and GayRVA will speak with RPD in the coming days to help better understand what and how the police responded.
Updated 6/6/13 at 2:00 PM
Richmond Police have responded to questions from Gay RVA and said that the bomb threat indeed came from a pay phone. When police showed up to the phone, no one was there, and there are currently no leads or suspects in the case. The incident is not currently being handled as a hate crime, but rather a bomb threat, and there have been no other reports of threats against any other LGBT establishments in town.
GayRVA has issued a Freedom of Information Act request for the audio from the 911 phone call. We’ll release this when it’s received and reviewed.
ORIGINAL: Nu Nightclub, Richmond’s newest upscale LGBT hot spot, received a bomb threat this past Saturday night (June 1st). While details are still thin, a Facebook post on Nu’s wall gave a little insight into the event:
So on Saturday Richmond pd showed up and stated that someone called in and said they put a bomb in our club. They asked if they could search the venue with a bomb dog and we were like sure. They made all of us and staff evacuate and brought in the bomb dog. They give us the all clear. We are pursuing it and so is Richmond pd. it caused us no loss of business just 25 mins for them to search. Joke is on the prankster who called it in from 7/11. We’re gonna get you.
Richmond police have been contacted, and we’re waiting to hear back from Nu’s ownership as well. If you were present during the bomb threat, please shoot us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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