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Suspect named in North Point bomb hoax

Mall evacuated after threat

North Point Mall was closed and evacuated while the bomb squad searched for a bomb. The threat was a hoax.
May 10, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — One man is in custody May 10 after Alpharetta's North Point Mall was evacuated after someone called 911 and made a bomb threat.

According to police, at 9:30 a.m. May 10, a caller contacted 911 and said a bomb had been placed inside the mall. At 10:30 a.m., the same person called 911 again and asked if the mall was cleared and then hung up.

Alpharetta police requested the assistance of the GBI and the its bomb squad who arrived about 11:20 a.m.

All of the mall was cordoned off and no one could get near it while the search for a bomb was conducted in the mall, which is more than 1 million square feet in size.

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"The search required a significant number of staff since over one million square feet of mall floor space was searched," said George Gordon, spokesman for Alpharetta Police.

No bomb was found and the mall was reopened about 1:45 p.m. Officers from Alpharetta, the FBI and the GBI participated in the investigation to clear the mall and catch a suspect.

By 2:30, police arrested, Omari Glenn Riden, 28, in connection with the bomb threat.

"During the interview with the detectives he began to cry and confessed to calling in the hoax bomb threat," Gordon said.

Gordon said there's a "heightened awareness" due to recent national events and the police take all such threats seriously.

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