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Ohio Man Makes False Bomb Threats to Divert Police From His Plan to Rob a Bank

An Ohio man left a note in a restaurant that warned of an active shooter and multiple bombs at two high schools. However, it was just a ploy to divert police officers' attention from his plans to rob a bank.

Luke J. Dell, 35, planned to rob an Ohio bank on Tuesday and as a way to divert police’s attention from his plans, he went into a restaurant and left a note warning of “an active shooter threat and multiple bombs.”

Dell never made to it the bank as he was stopped by police on his way to rob the bank. The restaurant had called the police after Dell left and sent photos of him and the car.

When stopped, he admitted to leaving the note, Chief Robert Rizzo of the North Huntingdon Police Department told TribLive.

Dell’s bail was denied and he is currently in the county prison. His charges include risking a catastrophe, making terroristic threats, reckless threats to use weapons of mass destruction and theft of a license plate.

Police did not find any weapons or bombs on Dell

His hearing is scheduled Nov. 27, reported TribLive.

There was chaos at Norwin and Jeannette high schools that ensued because of Dell’s threats Tuesday.

Classes were canceled as a precaution and so that police could conduct a search

"North Huntingdon Township Police report that the subject of their community investigation has been identified, is in police custody, and is no longer a threat,” Norwin School District said in a statement.

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Sherelle Black is a Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.

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