Bomb squad finds no explosives after park-and-ride bomb threat

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 10:57 PM

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Authorities say they found no explosive device after closing off a Goodyear park-and-ride station for several hours Thursday night.

Police and sheriff's deputies responded to the station on Dysart Road near Interstate 10 after a commuter was threatened by his son, 32-year-old Manuel Lopez, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say the commuter parks at the station daily and takes the bus to the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant where he works.

The man told authorities that Lopez, with whom he has a longstanding feud, called him at work about 1 p.m. and threatened to "blow up" his vehicle at the park-and-ride.

As a precaution, authorities shut down the park-and-ride station until the bomb squad responded and gave the all clear about 9:30 p.m.

Lopez was arrested about 10:30 p.m. and is being charged with threats to commit an offense and probation violations, according to sheriff's office spokesman Chris Hegstrom.
 

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