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August 1, 2015

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Arrest made after investigation into Las Vegas casino bomb threats

UPDATED STORY: 2 accused of Las Vegas casino bomb threats face extortion charges

At least one person was arrested in California following an investigation into bomb threats made to Las Vegas casinos and hotels demanding large amounts of money, Metro Police said Thursday.

The calls were placed from July 28 to Aug. 8. The caller appeared to be disguising his voice and threatened to detonate bombs and destroy the properties if the victims did not meet his demands, police said.

Through investigation, police identified two suspects, one adult and one juvenile. One person was booked into the Ventura County Sheriff Department’s Detention Center on counts of making false bomb threats and attempted extortion, police said. A Metro news release did not provide details on the status of the other suspect.

Metro’s Counter Terrorism Section investigated and learned the callers were using devices to try to conceal their identity and location, police said. But detectives were able to trace the calls to Ventura County, Calif., police said.

On Wednesday, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and Metro officers served a search warrant in Ventura County and recovered several pieces of key evidence, including devices suspected to have been used to make the calls, Metro said.

Metro Counter Terrorism and Cyber Crimes detectives will be examining the devices recovered for additional evidence, police said.

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