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Man faces terror charge after fake bomb is found on L.A. bus

September 11, 2011 |  8:21 am

Wilshire - Vermont L.A. sheriff's officials arrested a 62-year-old man after finding what appeared to be a fake explosive device on a Metro bus in Koreatown on Saturday night.

Eugenio Paredes was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats and possession of a hoax explosive device, according to the department. The device was contained in a suitcase.

Passengers were evacuated from the bus near Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard as detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Arson/Explosives Detail arrived about 6 p.m., said Lt. Kimberly Unland.

Red Line and Purple Line trains bypassed the Wilshire/Vermont subway station, and buses made detours around the intersection as a precaution.


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Map: The intersection near which bus passengers were evacuated. Credit: Mapping L.A.