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Update

11:16 a.m. MONDAY, JUNE 29: The Austin Police Department’s bomb squad found no explosives in a backpack a man said contained a bomb during an early-morning bomb threat at the Walmart in San Marcos.

Officers were called to the store about 5:20 a.m. after a naked man, identified as John Charles Wilsford, 30, was discovered unconscious in the store’s restroom.

When officers arrived, Wilsford was outside the store fully clothed and indicated he had a bomb in his backpack. The backpack was located just outside the front of the store.

Wilsford was taken into custody, and approximately 100 people were evacuated from the store around 5:30 a.m. His is charged with possession of a hoax bomb, a Class A misdemeanor.

San Marcos police worked closely with the Austin Police Department’s bomb squad during the incident. Once the bomb squad determined that the backpack contained no explosives, employees and customers were allowed to return to the store at 9:45 a.m.

Earlier

8:30 a.m. MONDAY, JUNE 29: The San Marcos Police Department is working closely with the Austin Bomb Squad after evacuating Walmart at 1015 Texas 80 due to a bomb threat.

John Charles Wilsford

John Charles Wilsford

Officers were called to the store about 5:20 a.m. after a naked man, identified as John Charles Wilsford, 30, was discovered unconscious in the store’s restroom.

When officers arrived, Wilsford was outside the store fully clothed and indicated he had a bomb in his backpack. The backpack was located outsided the store.

Wilsford was taken into custody and approximately 100 people were evacuated from the store around 5:30 a.m.

The store will remain closed while police investigate.

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