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Arrest made in Miami bomb threat

The American of Vinita, Oklahoma

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A bomb threat called in at approximately 11:19 a.m. Tuesday from a pay phone at the Miami Wal-Mart resulted in the evacuation of students. Bobby Ray Harris, 24, was arrested and charged with Extortion, Terroristic Threat and Misuse of 911.

Miami 911 dispatch received a 13 second 911 call from a calm male voice stating, "Bomb 20 minutes to find it in Miami High School," according to Police.

Officers contacted the Miami Public School Officials, who made the decision to evacuate the building. Reports states that all students were accounted for and taken off campus to a nearby church for safety. The school was evacuated quickly, safely and without incident.

Police say, due to the nature of the call and the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, police and school officials used due diligence to confirm that no explosive devises or any hazardous material were placed on the school campus.

Bomb detecting units with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Tulsa Bomb Squad swept the school with explosive sniffing dogs and other techniques and gave the Miami High School the "All Clear." The school was reopened for business at 3:30 p.m.

Officers learned that two separate calls were made to the Welch State Bank on north Main Street, Miami after the 911 bomb threat call was made. According to police, the caller demanded a large sum of money from the bank and stated that if he did not get the money, he would blow up the school.

Harris was found in the wooded area behind the Wal-Mart just five miles away from the school, where he was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Miami Police Department for questioning.

According to police, Harris admitted to making the 911 bomb threat call and also calling the Welch State Bank demanding money. He stated that he needed the money and that there was no bomb inside the school. Evidence was collected at the scene and authorities are continuing the investigation o the case.

Miami Police would like to thank all agencies that responded and assisted with the call.

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Original Publication Date: September 13, 2012

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