MIAMI, OK — An Ottawa County man who owed back child support was arrested Tuesday, accused of calling in a bomb threat to a Miami school and bank, police Chief George Haralson said.
Bobby Harris, 24, of Miami, was in custody on complaints of misusing a 911 system, making a terrorist threat and extortion from a lending institution.
Haralson said about 500 students were evacuated to a nearby church about a block away from the school after police received the bomb threat about 11 a.m.
While police were searching the high school, the Miami-based Welch State Bank officials reported they received a threat from someone saying in exchange for a large sum of money he would not blow up Miami High School, Haralson said.
“The first phone call was made from a cellphone, which was found with a backpack near Welch State Bank,” Haralson said.
The second threat was made from a Walmart payphone, he said.
“We knew the bomb threat was a hoax, but proceeded to search the school with bomb dogs from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Tulsa Police Department,” Haralson said.
Law enforcement officers used the bogus bomb threat as a training exercise, he said.
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