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Capitol, casino bomb threat suspect under psychiatric evaluation

7 years 1 week 4 days ago Tuesday, May 17 2016 May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016 9:02 AM May 17, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The suspect believed to be behind Monday's evening bomb threats at the State Capitol and Hollywood Casino has been committed for 24 hour psychiatric evaluation.

Louisiana State Police Major Doug Cain says the suspect might not face charges due to his mental condition.

A bomb threat was called in at the State Capitol just before 6:30 p.m. Monday. Just minutes later, a similar threat was received at the nearby Hollywood Casino. A swift response from State Police indicated the pair of threats were taken seriously.

The LSP Bomb Squad swept the Capitol and cleared it, but Col. Mike Edmonson was concerned due to the fact that some parts of the building were not fully evacuated.

A similar sweep was conducted at the casino by casino staff, but no threat was located.

Troopers said a man turned himself in at the Department of Public Safety, not far from Hollywood Casino some time after the threats were made. State Police reported the man told them that “God told him there was a bomb there” (the Capitol and the casino).

State Police have yet to release the suspect’s name. The District Attorney’s Office also could not confirm whether or not the man will face charges in connection with the threats.

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