Grand Island man charged after suspicious doll leads to building evacuation

Local4 News at 11:30
Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 7:05 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man is behind bars after police said he and another person terrorized employees at a medical office building in Grand Island.

According to officials, 44-year-old Kona Oili is charged with threatening the use of explosives while a second person, 41-year-old Tomi Worksman, is being referred for terroristic threat charges following an incident Monday morning at Med Care on Diers Ave.

Grand Island Police said the two had a previous appointment that they were turned away from due to being late so then they returned on Monday.

While there, staff was notified that there was a doll device behind the magazine rack.

Captain Jim Duering said employees didn’t know what it was or where it came from, with one employees saying it could be a bomb. Police said the pair said nothing letting fear grow.

The arrest affidavit says the doll was modified by items affixed to it with black electrical tape. The one arm appeared to be holding a torch top and the other what appeared to be a noose. At one point, the doll started to sing Silent Night.

Suspicious doll removed from a Grand Island medical office building Monday.
Suspicious doll removed from a Grand Island medical office building Monday.(Grand Island Police Department)

Court records say employees removed the item to a neighboring building, which led to staff in that building evacuating.

Eventually, Nebraska State Patrol’s bomb squad was called out to investigate and found no explosives detected.

During the investigation, Grand Island Police said it was clear Oili was responsible in placing the device while Workman played along with the alleged prank.

Capt. Duering said they found no other reason to put it there other than to terrorize the staff.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. in Hall County Court. A $50,000 bond has been set in the case, where he owns 10% of it.