Tempe man ordered to stand trial in Liberty Bell threat

Tempe man ordered to stand trial in Liberty Bell threat

Tempe man ordered to stand trial in Liberty Bell threat

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 16 at 7:36 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former assistant professor at Arizona State University has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly claiming to have explosives at Philadelphia's iconic Liberty Bell.
 
The Philadelphia Inquirer says 41-year-old Carlos Balsas of Tempe, Ariz., was held for trial on charges of making a bomb threat, possessing an instrument of crime and related counts following a preliminary hearing Friday. He remains in prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.
 
Police say Balsas entered the tourist site in Philadelphia's historic district on Jan. 26 and told a security screener that his two bags contained explosives.
 
Balsas left but was stopped by park rangers a block away and arrested after a brief struggle. Two backpacks found nearby contained no explosives.
 
Defense attorney Mythri Jayaraman declined to comment on what might have motivated Balsas.
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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com
 

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