Man arrested in connection with perceived bomb threat at Stars and Strikes

Witnesses say Stars and Strikes was evacuated earlier due to a perceived bomb threat (Photo credit: Ayla Sharp).
Witnesses say Stars and Strikes was evacuated earlier due to a perceived bomb threat (Photo credit: Ayla Sharp).

UPDATE (May 21, 2017): Police arrested 24-year-old Brian Reed in connection with Saturday’s scare at Stars and Strikes. He faces a total of three terroristic threat charges, including one directly connected with Saturday’s incident.

Columbus Police arrested Brian Reed, 24, in connection with Saturday's false bomb threat at Stars and Strikes.
Columbus Police arrested Brian Reed, 24, in connection with Saturday’s false bomb threat at Stars and Strikes (Courtesy: Columbus Police Department).

COLUMBUS, Ga. – News 3 has learned police presence is stationed outside a Columbus business.

Patrons at Stars and Strikes say there was an evacuation due to some type of threat. News 3 has a crew on the scene. We have reached out to learn more information and are waiting to here back from Columbus Police. Deputies with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office say there was a perceived bomb threat. Out of precaution, the building was evacuated.

Courtesy: Ayla Sharp
Courtesy: Ayla Sharp
Courtesy: Ayla Sharp

Assistant Manager Greg Dipascai spoke with News 3 about Saturday night’s scare. he says he takes customer safety seriously above all else.

“Law enforcement responded and inspected the building up and down,” Dipascai said. “The safety of our guests is of the upmost importance. We have taken every measure at this time to ensure the safety of our guests.”

The scene has since cleared and the deputy News 3 spoke with says Stars and Strikes is back to “business as usual.” The business normally has Muscogee County Sheriff’s Deputies on hand for security.

 

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