By about 5:30 a.m., police completed the search without finding anything and reopened the roads.
The call was unusual, Lee noted.
“He called the Zone 1 precinct” in west Atlanta, Lee said – the CNN Center is in Atlanta Police Zone 5 downtown. “He also called CNN security and made the same threat.”
Police dispatchers receiving the call described the caller as “depressed,” Lee said.
“He made a comment that he was wanted by the federal government for some sort of RICO violation,” he said.
Police will continue attempts to trace the call.
It’s unclear whether the bomb threat was a decoy away from any other crimes, police said.
“We had a robbery earlier that occurred in Zone 2 in the Buckhead area,” Lee said.
That robbery led to a police chase that went south along the Downtown Connector and ended on Macon Road off of Cleveland Avenue.
“I don’t see any reason to believe that it was connected,” Lee said.
Police are still trying to determine the motive for the call, but Lee said police would’ve had the same response regardless of the situation.
“We take any call seriously,” he said. “The one time that you don’t take a call seriously will probably be the one time you regret it.”
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