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Tallassee man charged with making terrorist threat

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A potential terrorist threat stopped cold in Tallassee! Teresa Segrest couldn't be happier. Segrest runs a business on Highway 14 in Tallassee and shudders at the thought of what could have happened had suspect Stanley Miller followed through on his plan to rob a business.

"For all we know he could have used our parking lot to make those calls," said Segrest.

Tallassee police say they used technology to nab Miller. Miller faces one count of making a terrorist threat. More charges may be on the way.

"With the advancement of 911 we were able to get some sense of where he was calling from," said Tallassee Police chief Jimmy Rodgers.

Miller allegedly made three calls to 911 threatening to blow up a few convenience stores while making plans to rob a business. Chief Rodgers declined to say which business Miller was allegedly targeting.

"This seems to be a trend nationwide to call out officers to one side of the town while committing a crime in another part of town," said Rodgers.

Stanley Miller was staying with his wife and children at the Travel Inn Motel in Tallassee. Investigators say they used what they call a 'triangulation' method to hone in on Miller's whereabouts. It all came to an end in the parking lot behind Hardee's, the site of Miller's final call to 911.

Police say Miller confessed and indicated he needed to feed his family. Miller was unemployed and spent time in jail on robbery charges a few years ago in Chilton County.

It was a confession from Miller and relief from merchants like Segrest.

"I know the economy is bad and jobs are hard to find but breaking the law isn't going to help you in the end," said Segrest.

Stanley Miller is in the Elmore County jail awaiting his first court appearance on Thursday.

Court records show Miller's bond is $5,000. The couple's children are now in custody of DHR.

Chief Rodgers added that Miller's wife is now in the Chilton County jail serving time on some outstanding misdemeanor charges.

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