A Martinsville, Va., man has been charged with felonious threat to bomb in connection with an incident Tuesday at Hanes Brands Inc.

Alvin Donnell Hunt, 22, of 1004 Smith Lake Road, Martinsville, was charged and released on a $3,500 unsecured bond, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Friday morning.

At about 5:33 p.m. Tuesday, a threatening message was discovered inside Hanes Brands' facility at 380 Beaver Creek Drive, near Martinsville. The message indicated that an explosive device had been placed inside the facility.

The sheriff’s office’s explosives detection canine and his handler and other deputies conducted a systematic search of the building, but nothing suspicious was located.

The county Department of Public Safety and local volunteer fire and rescue units were on the scene as a precaution. Sheriff’s office and Hanes Brands officials worked together to ensure the safety of employees.

A male employee was developed as a suspect through the course of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

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Paul Collins is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him at 276-638-8801, ext. 236.

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