The HRP/RCMP Integrated General Investigation Section has charged a man believed to have made a bomb threat two weeks ago in Halifax.
On Friday, June 7, at 7:45 p.m., a man contacted 9-1-1 and made threats which alluded to the Boston Marathon bombings and indicated that something similar would happen in Halifax. It was determined the call originated from a payphone at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street. A search of the surrounding area failed to locate anything suspicious in nature. Officers contacted the organizers of several charity gatherings in the city and informed them of the threats. As a result, the organizers of the Relay for Life and the Arthritis Walk made the decision to cancel their event.
Police received several tips from citizens after releasing the 9-1-1 recording of the call, which resulted in the identification of a suspect.
Yesterday, at 1:59 p.m., police responded to Mount Saint Vincent University for an unwanted person call. A security officer was attempting to remove a man from the property when the man threatened the security officer and uttered that he was the person responsible for the June 7 bomb threat. The man got on a Metro Transit bus and was subsequently arrested shortly after the bus arrived at the Metro Transit bridge terminal.
A 42-year-old Halifax man was held in custody overnight and will appear in Halifax Provincial Court later today. He faces charges of hoax regarding terrorist activity (CC 83.231(1)), uttering threats (CC 264.1(1)) and four counts of breaching court orders.