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Bomb scare on Los Angeles bus leads to passenger's arrest

September 11, 2011 | 12:32 pm

A 62-year-old man whose suitcase caused a bomb scare on a bus has been arrested and faces possible charges, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arrested Eugenio Parades on Saturday on suspicion of terrorist threats and possession of a hoax device, Sgt. Ed Hummel said Saturday.

At about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, the department’s arson and explosives team went to the bus at Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard to investigate a suitcase that deputies said had wires exposed.

Soon after, Hummel said, the bag “was rendered safe and determined not to be explosive.” Investigators spent nearly four hours at the scene.

The incident came one day before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Law enforcement officers nationwide were put on heightened alert for any suspicious activity on or close to the anniversary.


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