LOS ANGELES — A report of a suspicious backpack that sent an explosives team to a Los Angeles bus has ended with a man accused of making terrorist threats and possessing a hoax device.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Kimberly Unland says authorities received a call about the backpack on a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in the city’s Koreatown section shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday. Authorities said the man boarded the bus in Santa Monica.
She says a man was detained and arson and explosives detectives responded to the scene. The bus was evacuated and the area was contained.
Authorities said around midnight that investigators determined the backpack was actually a small suitcase and was not explosive device.
However, detectives arrested 62-year-old Eugenio Parades on charges of making terrorist threats and possessing a hoax device.
No other details were immediately available.