Ex-Player Accused Of Pipe Bomb Threat

March 19th, 2010 by

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – David Cheadle was a first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees 30 years ago. Earlier this week, he spent a night in jail after St. Johns County deputies said he threatened to bomb the power company.
Cheadle, who played drafted of of high school in 1970, is accused of phoning in the threat to the St. Augustine office of Florida Power and Light. Investigators said Cheadle was upset because FPL had shut off his power and he wanted it back on.
An FPL security officer called in the threat to law enforcement, saying they were told that if his power wasn’t reconnected, “he was going to drop a pipe bomb off at someone’s facility.”
“Send somebody by and make contact with this idiot,” the FPL employee said.
When deputies caught up with Cheadle, he said he never intended to follow through with the threat.
“The individual, obviously, had no chemicals, no devices or anything structured at that point in time to carry out the threat,” said St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chuck Mulligan. “But in today’s society, if you are going to make a claim such as that, you should anticipate and expect that law enforcement is going to follow up.”
FPL operators have guidelines of when to notify law enforcement when they receive a threat. They wouldn’t release specifics, but a threat to drop off a pipe bomb crosses that threshold.
Cheadle never played for the Yankees, but spent a few years in the minor leagues and did play part of the 1973 season for the Braves.

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