Flomo Klown woman charged with terror, more arrests expected

Published 1:46 am Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Flomaton woman is charged with making a terroristic threat in conjunction with Thursday’s “Flomo Klown” incident in Flomaton.

Charges against two juveniles from Flomaton and another from Pensacola, Fla., are pending.

The investigation began at 7:15 a.m. Thursday when the Flomaton Police Department received what law enforcement believed to be credible threats to students at Flomaton High School through the Facebook accounts “FLOMO KLOWN” and “Shoota Clown.”

The FHS campus was placed on lock down until just before lunch as police conducted a sweep of the building. As a precaution and as the result of other anonymous phone calls, part of the Escambia County High School in Atmore was temporarily placed on lock down, as was Huxford School, located in the north end of Escambia County.

Makayla Smith, 22, of Pecan Leaf Lane, Flomaton, was arrested Friday. Making a terroristic threat is a Class C felony and is punishable under Alabama law by up to 10 years in prison.

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department said the FPD and the county district attorney’s office, along with the FBI and numerous other law enforcement agencies worked through the night Thursday on the case.

“As a result, it has been determined that two juveniles and one adult were found to be involved with the incident,” Lambert said. “None of them had any affiliation with or were currently attending the public school system.”

Lambert said Friday afternoon that charges were pending in the case and the juveniles remained in the custody of their parents.

“But, (the juveniles) will be turned over to the juvenile authorizes at a later time once official charges are filed,” he said. “And that will be in the immediate future.”

Lambert said those charges will be released once those are determined by the district attorney’s office and juvenile authorities.

“I would like to commend and praise all students, parents and staff on a job well done with the way they handled the situation,” Lambert said. “This type of crime will not be tolerated in Escambia County, Ala., and we will ask that all involved parties be punished to the full extent of the law.”