John Christian Cruz-Benitez
Photo: WTVM-TV
Photo: WTVM-TV

Report: Man arrested, accused of making bomb threat at Columbus government building

Days after a bomb threat forced a Columbus government building to evacuate, authorities announced an arrest in the ensuing investigation, Columbus-based news station WTVM-TV reported.

John Christian Cruz-Benitez, 28, is charged with transmitting a false public alarm and use of a communication facility in committing a crime, the news station reported.

On Thursday, the Columbus Government Center received a bomb threat, prompting an evacuation, AJC.com previously reported. An all-clear was given later that afternoon.

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Muscogee County Sheriff Donna Tompkins and Columbus police were able to identify Cruz-Benitez as the suspect, WTVM-TV reported. It’s unclear how authorities tied him to the crime.

He was denied bond over the weekend and remains in the Muscogee County Jail.

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