Goodyear police and MCSO investigate potential explosive device at park-and-ride lot

GOODYEAR, AZ - Maricopa County Sheriff's Office officials say a bomb threat at a Goodyear park-and-ride lot turned out to be a false alarm.

MCSO officials said the threat appears to have stemmed from a family feud.

According to MCSO Officer Christopher Hegstrom, around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, an employee at the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant began receiving phone messages that a relative was going to harm him.

After numerous calls to his work, the employee received a message that the family member was going to blow up his vehicle which was parked at a park-and-ride lot near Dysart Road and Cornerstone Boulevard.

Hegstrom said MCSO was called and searched the vehicle for any explosives and detected none. The scene was cleared at 9:30 p.m., and at no time was there a security breach at the Palo Verde Plant. 

The threat caused big problems for people getting off work who were not able to get their cars out of the lot.

Hegstrom said the 32-year-old threat suspect was arrested around 10:30 p.m. and is being charged with threats to commit an offense and probation violations.


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