Suspect Arrested In Union City After Making Bomb Threat

UNION CITY (CBS SF) — Union City police have arrested a man who told municipal workers at City Hall that he might have a bomb late Wednesday morning, according to authorities.

The threat was reported around 11:45 a.m. in the 34000 block of Alvarado-Niles Road at city hall when the man, a disgruntled customer, told city employees that he had a bomb, according to Sgt. Steve Mendez.

“He got upset for some reason and then made mention that he had a possible bomb,” Mendez said. “Since the Police Department’s downstairs we went up and detained him immediately.”

The suspect was escorted outside of the building, but the bag he had carried into the building remained where he had left it. The building, which houses both City Hall and the Police Department, was evacuated.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the police department Twitter account posted that a suspicious person had been detained by officers.

By 1:50 p.m., the bomb squad had checked the package and determined that it didn’t contain any kind of explosive device.  Police declared the scene all clear shortly afterwards.

The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Hayward resident Eleno Sinay, was arrested for making a false report of a bomb and for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

Union City police thanked local citizens for their patience and the BART Police Department and the Alameda County Bomb Squad for their quick response and assistance.

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