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UPDATE: BPD arrest Tennessee man for bomb threats Friday at downtown jail

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-25 15:30:58-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATED 12:30 p.m. 

Bakersfield Police have arrested a Tennessee man on suspicion of calling in bomb threats to the downtown jail. 

Yesterday we reported that the courthouse was evacuated after reports of a bomb threat. 23ABC has confirmed that the arrest is connection to the same incident. 

BPD says officers responded to downtown jail on Friday around 10 a.m. for bomb threats. 

Officials say that 32-year-old Anthony Griffin called CHP dispatch two separate times, claiming he would detonate several bombs that had been planted at the jail facility.

Sheriff’s deputies and BPD Bomb Squads responded and searched the area, however, no devices were located.

Officers traced the calls and an investigation led officers to the Holiday Inn Express, located at 4400 Hughes Lane where they arrested Griffin of Clinton, TN.
 
Anyone with information is asked tp call the Bakersfield Police at 661-327-7111. 
 
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A bomb threat was reported in Downtown Bakersfield at the courthouse on Truxtun Avenue Friday morning.

People inside both courthouses have been evacuated. Court will resume after 2 p.m. only if the building has been cleared, according to the DA's office.

The KCSO Bomb Squad was called out to the Central Receiving Facility.

The area is blocked off, according to BPD.

23ABC will update this story as we receive more information.