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Apr 26, 2013 5:41 PM by Van Nguyen

Police arrest woman in bomb hoax

TUCSON - A woman who allegedly called Tucson Police to report a bomb threat Thursday, has been arrested.

46-year-old Esther Bergin was booked into the Pima County Jail for one count of hoax, a class 4 felony.

Police say she called 911 and reported seeing a suspicious canvass bag in the parking lot of HOPE, a rehab center, on Country Club near Speedway.

Officers arrived and found the bag.

They evacuated the HOPE facility, as well as more than 200 students from AmeriSchool nearby.

Officers set up a large perimeter and shut down multiple streets to ensure the safety of the citizens in the area.

Investigators examined the bag and interviewed all potential witnesses in the area, including Bergin.

Police say Bergin told them she saw a man drop the bag off and made statements that it contained a bomb.

Around 4:45pm, Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel determined the bag did not contain explosives.

The roads were opened soon afterwards and evacuees from HOPE were allowed back into the building.

Detectives determined the information Bergin gave to them at the scene was false and that she was also the one who called 911 to report the bomb threat.

She may be held accountable for costs associated with perpetuating the hoax.

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