Police investigating bomb threat targeting lawyer

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are investigating a bomb threat which targeted a Valley attorney. 

A note which read, “Mr. Hirsch, there is a bomb in the car” was left in the dashboard of a Lexis SUV, parked in front of the Phillips and Lyon Law office on Friday afternoon.

Staff saw the suspect, later identified as Elias Carras, 76, exit the SUV and take off.  They then noticed the threatening note, called 911 and kept an eye on the suspect.

“My understanding is someone from the office chased him down and led police to him,” said attorney Bob Butler, who works within the same building.

The entire office was evacuated as the bomb squad assessed the threat.  Crews blew out the back window of the SUV and used a robot to determine there was no bomb inside the vehicle.

Butler wasn’t in the office at the time but said the SUV with the threat was parked right outside his window.

“It was scary, not something anyone should have to go through,” he said.

Police are still investigating motive.  Staff at the office believes the threat was intended for personal injury attorney Jack Hirsch, who rents office space within the Phillips and Lyon firm.

According to court records, Hirsch is listed as an attorney for Elias Carras in a 2012 civil case.

Office staff said Jack Hirsch was out of town and wasn’t in the office at the time of the threat.

“I’m sure he’s distraught at the moment,” said Bob Butler who described Hirsch as a great attorney.

Friday’s threat comes just weeks after the shooting tragedy which killed respected Phoenix attorney Mark Hummels.

“Our job is to try and help people,” said Butler.  “Sometimes they’re unhappy.  I hate to see them act like this.”