Austin Police arrested a man named Trevor Ingram on March 17 for making a bomb threat. The threat forced The Roots’ South by Southwest event in the city to be canceled. Trevor Ingram’s arrest comes at a time when Austin police are investigating a series of package bombings in the city. Read all about Trevor Ingram here.
Trevor Ingram Arrested
On the night of March 17, Trevor Ingram was arrested for making a bomb threat that forced organizers to cancel a music event. The Roots’ South by Southwest show was supposed to be held on Saturday in Fair Market, Austin.
The City of Austin released a statement on Twitter saying that reps from Live Nation Music reported a bomb threat to Austin Police around 4:23 p.m. on Saturday. The threat was sent by email.
Statement regarding the Bud Light Fair Market event attached. pic.twitter.com/LWsd8sgaYT
— Austin Texas (@austintexasgov) March 18, 2018
Authorities combed the venue but no threat was found. Nevertheless, organizers didn’t want to risk the safety of attendees.
Bud Light, the event sponsor, and SXSW announced the cancellation of The Roots’ event on Twitter about half an hour before it was scheduled to begin. They apologized to fans for the inconvenience and emphasized that security was their primary concern.
Shortly after the announcement, police identified the person behind the threat. Austin Police arrested Trevor Ingram around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. He was charged with making a terroristic threat which is a third degree felony.
Due to a security concern we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight’s event. Your safety and the safety of all fans at SXSW is our most important priority.
— Bud Light (@budlight) March 18, 2018
Who Is Trevor Ingram?
Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, is a native of Austin. Ingram’s LinkedIn account provides details on him.
The profile states that he’s a graduate of Texas State University and works in the logistics and supply chain industry. He works as a sales representative and also has a background in account management.
After graduating from Angelo State University with a degree in business management and administration, he worked with Adidas as a sales associate.
Ingram was working at a local logistics firm from February 2016 until December 2017. It’s not known where he is employed currently.
— SXSW (@sxsw) March 18, 2018
Motive behind Threat
Austin authorities have been investigating a series of blasts that occurred this month. Three package bombings in separate residences killed two and injured several others.
Ingram’s motive for making the bomb threats haven’t been disclosed yet. It’s not known if his threat has anything to do with the package bombings.
Fans were dismayed about The Roots’ event being canceled. When they expressed their disappointment on Twitter, Questlove himself responded in a tweet.
The drummer told fans to blame the person who caused the show’s cancellation (Ingram) instead of organizers.
Uh come on now. If you gonna point fingers, start w the individual who caused it to be canceled.
— T’Questlove (@questlove) March 18, 2018
After Ingram’s arrest, a fourth explosion was reported on Sunday. Police haven’t commented if there’s a connection between the fourth explosion and the previous package bombings. Ingram has been ruled out as a suspect in this fourth explosion.