Esther Bergin arrested for Midtown bomb hoax - Tucson News Now

Police ID woman arrested for bomb hoax

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Esther Bergin (Source: Tucson Police Department) Esther Bergin (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Police say they have arrested and charged a woman in the bomb hoax yesterday.

Esther Bergin, 46, was charged with creating a hoax, a class four felony, police say.

TPD spokesman Sgt. Chris Widmer said if convicted Bergin could be made to pay for the costs associated with police response.

The AmeriSchools Academy at 1150 N. Country Club Road and Hope Inc. at 1200 N. Country Club Road were evacuated while police investigated a report of a suspicious package that turned out to be a backpack full of clothes.

According to a TPD news release, police responded to a report of a suspicious canvass bag in the Hope Inc. parking lot at about 1:40 Thursday afternoon.

Among the 911 calls about the incident was one from a woman who said there was a bomb in a bag in the Hope parking lot, the release said.

According to the release, several witnesses reported seeing the bag as early as 8 a.m.

Police say Bergin told investigators that she saw a man leave the bag in the parking lot shortly before police arrived. She described the man and allegedly said he told her there was a bomb in the bag.

Police say investigators could not verify Bergin's account of the incident and they determined that Bergin is allegedly the 911 caller who reported that there was a bomb in the bag.

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