Man announces bomb threat in theater

The News Leader

April 24, 2010 8:44:32 PM PDT
Police say a man entered a Long Island theater where a group of people were rehearsing and falsely announced that he had a bomb, before running out of the building. Police say the 52-year-old suspect was arrested Saturday on a charge of falsely reporting an incident.

They say he walked into the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts about 4 p.m. with a back pack during a rehearsal, announced he had a bomb and ran out. No one was hurt.

Patchogue Theatre General Manager Clara Iacopelli said the man got on stage and said he was going to blow up the theater.

The suspect was detained by a patrol officer. He didn't have a bomb on him.

Suffolk County Police Detective Sgt. Daniel Molloy says the suspect isn't saying why he did it.