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Police Identify Person of Interest in Bomb Threat

By: Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Frankie Jupiter Email

March 16, 2012

Police continue to investigate a bomb threat that occurred Thursday morning at a building in the Fontaine Research Park in Albemarle County. Authorities have identified a person of interest based on a surveillance photo.

Sgt. Darrell Byers say the person of interest, whose name is not being released at this time, contacted police after seeing his picture on CBS19. "They gave us a call and we've been working with this person to try to get them to talk to us and see where this will lead with the investigation," he said.

Police say a man, who may or may not be the person of interest, walked into Medical Office Building 2 in the Research Park Thursday morning and said he had a bomb. Patients in a rehabilitation facility in the building were evacuated in what is being called a "cascade release." The patients were taken out one at a time so police can determine if they are a suspect.

Police initially identified the suspect as David Graham, but after reviewing surveillance video and making contact with him, investigators now say Graham is not a suspect in the investigation.

All is back to normal at the Fontaine Research Park now. County and University of Virginia police increased patrols of the buildings overnight and throughout the day Friday as a precaution.

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