McFarland police chief: Bomb threat might be possible hate crime

McFarland area McDonalds receives bomb threat

MCFARLAND, Calif. - A bomb threat is being investigated as a possible hate crime, according to McFarland Police Chief Greg Harrington.

Harrington said at around noon, a McDonald's in McFarland received a bomb threat earlier today. When reports of the bomb were made, the fast food restaurant was evacuated and the bomb squad was sent  to the scene. 

According to Harrington, the man who made the threat called in and said, "There is a bomb in your store. I'm going to blast whoever is there back to where they came from."

Officials said the threat was being investigated as a possible hate crime because all of the employees are Hispanic.

Harrington said there is a possible suspect, based off a tip. According to witnesses, a man was sitting in a car in the parking lot and fled when someone tried confronting him.

The bomb squad cleared the business after a thorough search.

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