New Year’s Day bomb threat closes Portland transportation hub for more than three hours

Posted Jan. 02, 2013, at 9:41 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 02, 2013, at 10:41 a.m.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A bomb threat closed one of the state’s busiest transportation centers for more than three hours Tuesday and a man wound up under arrest, according to police.

Rodney Jewell, 44, of Portland allegedly entered the Portland Transportation Center at 6:30 a.m. and stated to a Concord Coach Lines employee that he had two bombs in his backpack, according to Commander Gary Rogers of the Portland Police Department.

The Portland Transportation Center houses both Concord Coach Lines and Amtrak’s Downeaster.

The Concord employee immediately called 911 and started evacuating the building after Jewell made the threats, according to Rogers, and Portland police quickly responded and set up a perimeter around the building.

Police were able to establish contact with Jewell, according to Rogers, and he eventually exited the building and complied with officers’ orders to move away from the backpack.

The department’s hazardous devices unit evaluated the contents of Jewell’s backpack, and no explosives or other hazardous materials were found inside.

Jewell was placed under arrest and charged with terrorizing, false public alarm and refusing to submit to arrest, Rogers said. The Portland Transportation Center was closed for three and a half hours during the incident, forcing the cancellation of three southbound bus departures, he added.

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