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Crime of the week

POSTED: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 2:25pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 4:51pm

El Paso - A man calls to say there is a bomb somewhere in the El Paso County Courthouse, causing the building to be evacuated and exhaustively searched, and making this the Crime Stoppers “Crime of the Week.”

On Friday, April 30th, about 10:00 A.M., Sheriff’s Deputies were notified that a male caller had stated there was a bomb located somewhere in the County Courthouse at 500 E. San Antonio. An immediate evacuation halted all hearings, trials and operations within the building. A law enforcement task force combed the building but found no bomb. Fort Bliss Bomb K-9’s were then called to the scene. Two dogs alerted to the same location in the Courthouse, and the Police Department’s Bomb Squad then searched that area. No bomb was found. It is believed the dogs were alerting to specific chemicals in that area.

As a result of the Sheriff’s Office investigation, it is now believed that the phone call originated from a pay phone located at 308 S. Stanton Street. The investigation continues.

The person responsible is facing a charge of False Alarm or Report which is a State Jail Felony punishable by confinement of 180 days to 2 years in state jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

If you have any information at all about the identity and location of the suspect in this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 566-TIPS (566-8477) or on-line at You will remain anonymous and, if your tip leads to an arrest, you can qualify for a $1,000 reward. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is offering an additional $1,000 reward for the tip that solves this case.

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