Woman arrested in bomb scare granted bond

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SHORT PUMP, Va. (WRIC) — The woman accused of making a fake bomb threat at a grocery store in Short Pump was arraigned Monday morning.

Daphne Page was arrested on Friday after someone spotted what they thought looked like a bomb in her backseat. It happened at the Whole Foods on West Broad Street in Glen Allen.

Her mother, Page Edgerton, tells 8News it was an alarm clock that her daughter purchased from a garage sale for $1.

(Photo courtesy Henrico Police)

“It looks like about six toilet paper rolls, maybe a little longer, strapped together with a square electronic device on the front,” said Edgerton, who added that the purchase was meant to be a joke. “We thought it was very funny. I mean, she just lit up and she said, ‘yes good for you for finding it.’ And she grabbed her dollar and handed it to the lady who was selling it.”

Page, who has no prior criminal record, is charged with the manufacture, possession or use of explosives which includes hoax devices.

She was granted a $2,500 personal recognizance bond today during her initial hearing, meaning she will have to pay that amount if she doesn’t show up for her next appearance.

“I’m just very upset about the whole thing,” Edgerton said. “I’ve had terrific insomnia for two nights. It’s just ridiculous and it turns out that the judge doesn’t have the power to just dismiss the case today.”

Page’s mother says the clock looked like six toilet tissue rolls banded together with a digital device in the middle.

The judge is allowing Page to attend her daughter’s graduation in Vermont next month.

She’s due back in court August 24.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.



SHORT PUMP, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of having a fake explosive device that set off a bomb scare at the Short Pump Whole Foods says the object was a novelty alarm clock she bought at a garage sale.

Daphne Page was arrested Friday after someone spotted the device in the back seat of her car in grocery store’s parking lot.

Police received reports of the suspicious device shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.  Authorities used a robot to remove the object from the vehicle.

Page was charged with the manufacture, possession or use of explosives. The statute that includes the manufacture and possession of hoax devices.

Fire officials, a bomb squad unit and HAZMAT team all participated in the investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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