A Flanders man was arrested by Southampton Town Police on Wednesday, July 24, after police said he threatened to set fire to the TD Bank in Hampton Bays.
At approximately 11:04 AM, a man identified as John Hudson, 55, of Priscilla Avenue called the bank’s central call center and made the threat. Employees inside the West Montauk Highway branch were notified and began locking down the bank.
But Hudson was inside with them.
An employee who recognized Hudson called Southampton Town Police, who responded. After a brief investigation, Hudson was taken into custody and charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony. Police said Hudson had two rifles and ammo outside in his vehicle.
Hudson spent the night in jail; he posted $400 bail at his arraignment the next morning.
Eagle Still Missing
The bounty for the safe return of Sam is now $20,000.
The Bald Eagle was stolen in the middle of the night from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on July 16, sending shockwaves through the staff and his legion of loyal fans that visited him regularly.
Sam has been at the sanctuary for 31 years and is unable to fly.
Suffolk police said an arrest has to be made for a reward to be collected.
Refuge officials stressed they are not looking to prosecute anyone who brings Sam back unharmed. He was bird-napped sometime 3 and 4:15 AM. Two men are seen on a surveillance camera in the parking lot cutting open a fence enclosure to get to Sam. One man was carrying a large object. Refuge staff and police said they cannot identify who is in the footage.