Brentwood man charged with making terroristic threats

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A Brentwood man was charged Thursday with making threats after police said he told employees in Downtown's City-County Building he would blow up that building and a suburban police department.

Michael C. Simcoe, 33, faces charges of making terroristic threats and making a threat to use weapons of mass destruction.

Around 10:30 a.m., Mr. Simcoe made threats to employees, saying several times that he would blow up the building and the Brentwood police department, according to a police criminal complaint. When police arrived, Mr. Simcoe told them he had been on the phone with his girlfriend and was upset, but was just "joking around" about blowing up the Brentwood police department.

As he was escorted from the building, Mr. Simcoe told police repeatedly that he was joking around. Nearly a half-hour later, he signed a statement that read: "I made a couple of non-serious comments that were interpreted as threats," according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, City-County employee Paul Bowser Jr. told police that Mr. Simcoe had threatened "to shoot their office up" a month earlier.

Mr. Simcoe awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 17, according to court records.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede.


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