Previous mug shot of 35-year-old Brian Thomas Keck

Previous mug shot of 35-year-old Brian Thomas Keck 

PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A Phoenix-area transient has been arrested for making a terrorist threat, after he allegedly threatened to blow up a U.S. Army recruiting center.

On August 13, at around 1:30 p.m., police say 35-year-old Brian Thomas Keck reportedly called into an army recruiting center in Tempe and "said he was going to blow up the recruiting station."

Text messages from that same phone number to the recruitment center referenced prior terrorism acts in the U.S., according to the police report.

Later that evening, police were able to track the phone number to a Phoenix motel room where Keck was staying. The cell phone used in the threats was "found in his possession," said the police report.

Keck at first denied making any threats. But he "then began telling PD specific details of the phone call and text messages that only the suspect and victim would know about," according to the police report.

Keck was arrested and booked into the Tempe City Jail.

Police say Keck has an outstanding warrant from Tucson for violation of a court order, and three prior arrests in Gilbert and Chandler.


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