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Man arrested after bomb threats at Pasadena school, health department

October 26, 2012 | 10:07 am

Pasadena bomb threat
Pasadena police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of making a bomb threat that caused the evacuation of Pasadena Health Department offices on Thursday and Washington Middle School on Wednesday.

An anonymous caller told police at 9:30 a.m. Thursday that he had placed explosives in the building at 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave., prompting the evacuation.

While officers were on scene, the department received a second anonymous call at 10:50 a.m. by a man who claimed to have a gun and said officers should not approach the building, Lt. Phlunte Riddle told the Pasadena Sun.

During a search of the neighborhood, police encountered Jerardo Cortez of Altadena, who made incriminating statements about the bomb threat and eventually admitted to making it, Riddle said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers assisted Pasadena police with a search of Health Department offices by bomb-sniffing dogs. That search concluded around 2:30 p.m. after no explosives were found.

Police say Cortez also admitted making the bomb threat at the school the day earlier.

Cortez told investigators he was angry about personal problems, Riddle said.

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-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: The Pasadena police maneuver an armored vehicle into position Thursday at the scene of a bomb threat in the 1800 block of Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena. Credit: Tim Berger / Times Community News

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