Teen Makes Bomb Threat on Florida Gay Bar

Photo credit: West Melbourne Police

A teen was arrested for making a bomb threat against the West Melbourne gay bar Twisted Rooster.

Police said a caller, later identified as Randolph Goodwin, called using a fake Middle Eastern accent. He asked an employee if the venue was a "gay" bar. The employee told the caller, "yes, we are a no labels bar."

The employee told police Goodwin then screamed that he was going to "blow up the bar," and hung up.

Goodwin, described as a student by police, was arrested Jan. 31 after workers at the Twisted Rooster bar, 1220 W. New Haven Ave., called in to report the threat.

West Melbourne police evacuated the business and used police dogs to search the premises for any explosives, according to Florida Today. None were found. 

"I used to go to Pulse, and now two of my walls that we have in that place are dedicated to Pulse and there's one huge gold heart that has number 49 with angel wings and it says, 'love us,'" owner Jimit Kapadia told WESH2.

Goodwin, 18, was tracked down by detectives through phone records, and explained to officers that he along with friends were making multiple prank calls to local businesses.

The Melbourne teen said he called the Twisted Rooster on his cellphone and made the threat as a joke.

Goodwin was booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex, later released on a $5,000 bond.  He faces a felony charge for a false bomb report, according to booking information from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

The court date is set for Feb 28 and if found guilty, he may face up to 15 years in prison or be fined $10,000. 

"This world needs to just stop having these kinds of phone calls," Jimit went on to say.


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