Travis Henson
Travis Henson
The Warsaw man who threatened to blow up the Kosciusko County Probation Department allegedly was using drugs and trying to buy time ahead of his scheduled appointment.

Travis Lee Henson, 38, of 504 E. Fort Wayne St., #2, Warsaw, was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 12:52 a.m. Thursday after multiple police agencies responded to a handwritten note threatening to blow up the Kosciusko County Probation Department that was attached to a building near the Justice Building.

The probable cause affidavit in the case was filed Friday in Kosciusko Circuit Court and reveals more details in the false bomb threat note.

According to the affidavit, Warsaw police were dispatched at 7:01 a.m. Thursday to the Justice Building in reference to the threat, which stated, “I will detonate a bomb some time this week at the Probation Dept. Good Luck! You’ll need IT!”

There was a yellow line under bomb, this week and you’ll need, and it was handwritten on a white piece of paper, torn on one edge and written in what appeared to be black marker, according to court papers. A piece of twine was used to attach the note to the door handle of the building.

Investigators were able to use surveillance footage from several area businesses to track the suspect – later identified by police as Henson, who recognized him from prior, unrelated run-ins, according to court papers.

Police obtained and executed a search warrant at Henson’s address and allegedly located a glass smoking device used for ingesting methamphetamine, a piece of paper that said, “I will detonate a bomb this week in this building. I will continue this terror. Good Luck,” a box that contained crushed methamphetamine, and three more handwritten notes threatening to set off a bomb.

According to the affidavit, when police spoke with Henson, he admitted that he was behind on his court-ordered payments, had missed a probation appointment and was using methamphetamine again.

Henson further told police he was trying to “buy some time with the bomb threat. He admitted he did not have a bomb and officers would find methamphetamine and a smoking device in his residence,” according to the affidavit.

Henson is charged with false informing, a Level 6 felony; intimidation, a Level 6 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

His bond was set at $5,250.