- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 25, 2019

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A former Walmart employee in Washington state pleaded not guilty to charges he threatened to blow up one of the stores and kill two managers, according to court records.

Roy Lee Maynard, 41, was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of making a threat to bomb property and two counts of felony harassment, The Yakima Herald reported Tuesday.

Maynard was recently fired from the Walmart in Yakima and sent texts to an assistant manager Dec. 10 saying he was going to blow up the building and kill two managers, authorities said.

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Maynard also said in the texts he would make the managers watch as he killed their families. Both managers told police they believed the threats, authorities said.

Maynard has no prior felony convictions, but Yakima police asked the court impose a high bail due to the victims’ fear of the suspect and severity of the threats, court records said.

Maynard was released on his own recognizance as part of the Yakima County Superior Court’s pretrial release program, records said.

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