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September 30, 2014: Man Charged With Making Bomb Threat At Downtown Criminal Courts Building

Greg Risling, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A man was charged today with making a false bomb threat at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center last week that caused the evacuation of a courtroom and the third floor, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

John Edward Watson (dob 8/25/71) of North Hollywood was charged with one count each of false report of a bomb to agency or business and malicious informing of false bomb in case BA429872.

Watson appeared this afternoon for arraignment in Department 30 but did not enter a plea. He was ordered to return Oct. 21 for a subsequent hearing.

Prosecutors said Watson walked into Department 32 on Sept. 26, carrying a small box. He placed the box next to him and stood up and said there was a bomb that was going to blow up, prosecutors added.

More than 30 people were evacuated from the courtroom and the entire floor was cleared as a precaution. Investigators determined there were no explosives inside the box.

If convicted as charged, Watson faces up to seven years in state prison. 

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.