Residents shocked to find out they live next-door to accused kidnapper

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Police continue to investigate a kidnapping case that turned into a bomb threat in Bristol, Va.

On Saturday night, residents in the 500 block of Moore Street were temporarily evacuated from their homes while police looked into a bomb threat.

"We didn't know what was going on. When police told us there was a explosive device, I was scared because we could blow up," said evacuated resident Alicia Montemayor.

Montemayor lives next-door to 56-year-old Billy Burke.

Police say Burke abducted a woman and held her against her will at his home. Neighbors had no idea something was wrong.

"You never know what people will do, even your neighbors," said Montemayor.

Police say the abducted woman was able to escape Saturday night. She went straight to officials and told them Burke had a bomb in his house. That's when the bomb threat investigation began.

"I was in bed and had gone to sleep when the lady who lives upstairs called me on the phone and said there's a big truck in the yard and police are looking for a bomb. I said 'what?'" Said Jeanne Lester.

Lester lives in the same apartment building as Burke. She had no idea what was happening just feet away from her.

"I was scared. I don't know why anybody would do something like this," said Lester.

Police say they found parts of an explosive device in Burke's apartment, but no actual bomb.

Burke has been charged with kidnapping and other charges are pending related to the explosive parts.

Neighbors are relived Burke is now behind bars.

"He needs to be jail. That's where he needs to be," said Lester.

"I feel a lot safer now," said Montemayor.

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