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Did somebody say ‘bomb’?

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 21, 2008 at 7:58 pm with No Comments »
February 21, 2008 7:58 pm

On Wednesday, Lakewood Police arrested a man for reportedly threatening to blow up Woodbrook Middle School.

But Manuel Benavibes told police it was all just a misunderstanding, according to court records.

Benavibes came to the school Tuesday afternoon to pick up a nephew, an affidavit filed by prosecutors says. A staff member asked him to lower the hood on his sweatshirt. Benavibes later reportedly told police he was wearing earphones and thought he had been called a racial epithet. Kids later said he threatened to put bombs in the hallways.

Benavibes was charged Thursday with one count of threatening to bomb or injure property.

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