Bomb hoax suspect released on bond

A Warren County High School student charged with bringing a hoax bomb device to school was released on bond Tuesday.

Caleb Daniel Sutphin, 18, of Front Royal, was released on a $5,000 secured bond following a hearing in Warren County General District Court. His bond agreement prevents him from entering school property unless he’s going in to speak with the school superintendent.

The hearing came after his attorney, Matt Beyrau, filed a motion on Sutphin’s behalf, stating his client is not a flight risk and not a danger to himself or the general public.

Sutphin was arrested Jan. 27 in connection with the discovery of the hoax bomb device. According to his criminal complaint, school officials summoned the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a report of a suspicious device found inside the school.

The Sheriff’s Office in turn summoned a Virginia State Police explosives unit that determined the threat to be a hoax, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Sutphin became a person of interest via tips made to school officials and security video footage. He later confessed he had made the device at home the night before out of gears, a phone charger and an empty carbon dioxide cartridge.

“Sutphin said he did it as a prank to see how kids would react,” the complaint states.

Sutphin is scheduled to appear in Warren County General District Court at 2 p.m. March 1.

January’s bomb threat is not the only one of its kind recently. In an unrelated incident, authorities charged a 16-year-old Skyline High School student with making threats to bomb a building.

The student has since been arrested, and more than 100 weapons, communication devices, sets of ammunition and potential explosives material were seized from his house during a search.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com