Earl Dennison Woods Jr., the 58-year-old half-brother of professional golfer Tiger Woods, was arrested on Thursday after he called in a bomb threat to the government building where he works in Arizona.
More than 100 employees were evacuated from the Department of Economic Security building in Phoenix on Thursday morning after Earl allegedly made the threat.
After coming forward about the phony threat, Earl told police the whole thing was a joke and he didn’t expect his co-workers to take it seriously.
"So in this particular case, by the individual coming forward, it enabled this to end at least quicker this morning," said Sgt. Trent Crump. "He cooperated with our officers, was very cooperative, was apologetic as to what he had done." Earl gave up the cellphone that he used to place the call.
His neighbors were surprised to hear about the situation. "He just welcomed us to the community," said neighbor Haley Dawson. "He didn't seem any different from anyone else here."
According to reports, the relationship between Tiger and Earl is "estranged."
Earl was charged with attempting to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass others. It’s currently unclear whether he is still an employee of the Department of Economic Security.