Shoppes at Parma evacuated after fake bomb threat

Shoppes at Parma evacuated after fake bomb threat

PARMA, OH (WOIO) - The

were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after an alleged bomb threat.

Around 3:30 p.m., the Parma Police Department received a call that a male subject inside said he was in possession of a bomb.

Officers learned that shortly before police were called, the male was involved in a verbal exchange with another person inside the mall and used the word "terrorist" and indicated he was in possession of a bomb. A person overheard the male and called police.

Parma officers responded to the food court area and located the subject, who allegedly had the bomb. However, police say he did not have a bomb and was detained for questioning.

For public safety reasons, officers evacuated all patrons and employees inside the mall.

As a precaution, the shift supervisor called the Regional Transit Authority Police Department, who sent bomb-sniffing K-9s. The mall was found to be clear of any explosive devices and was reopened for normal business about an hour later.

The male was taken into custody and will be facing criminal charges after consultation with prosecutors.

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