Man charged in jail, PNC Park bomb threats

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A Hill District man has been charged criminally for calling in bomb threats to the Allegheny County Jail and PNC Park, according to court documents unsealed today.

Termaine Washington, whose age was not immediately available, began his series of threatening calls on Sept. 7, according to an affidavit by Pittsburgh Police Bureau Detective Carla Kearns. From then through September 19, he used a stolen cell phone to repeatedly urge evacuations of the jail, the ballpark and an unspecified T station, saying he would blow them up, it said.

Police found the rightful owner of the phone, who pointed them toward Mr. Washington, the affidavit said. His voice matched recordings of the threat calls made to the county's 911 center. He now faces a charge of willfully making threats to destroy any building by means of fire or an explosive.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office is prosecuting Mr. Washington, who made his initial court appearance today and was ordered temporarily detained.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542


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