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Suspect charged in North Point Mall bomb hoax
by Nicole Dow
May 15, 2013 11:06 AM | 1735 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Those hoping to spend the morning shopping at North Point Mall Friday were in for a surprise when Alpharetta police had to evacuate the premises and restrict public entrance for several hours to investigate a bomb threat, which turned out to be a hoax.

“A male called in a bomb threat to our 911 center and stated that there was bomb at the mall and that it was our job to find it,” said George Gordon, spokesman for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.

Police later arrested 28-year-old Omari Glenn Ryden for allegedly issuing the threat.

“During the interview with detectives, he broke down and cried and confessed to the whole thing,” Gordon said.

The reason Ryden allegedly made the false claim has not been determined.

Police discovered no explosive devices after searching over one million square feet of space at the mall, Gordon said. The shopping center at 1000 N. Point Circle opened for business around 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Ryden was charged with making terroristic threats, making a false alarm and making a false 911 report.

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