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Woman arrested in bomb hoax at Yuma police headquarters

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jun 24, 2016

A woman is being held on charges she deliberately left a backpack at the Yuma Police Department to elicit fear of a potential bomb.

Police Sgt. Lori Franklin says Renee Tagliafero was booked late Thursday into Yuma County Detention Center on a hoax charge.

The incident began earlier in the day around 7 a.m. when a suspicious backpack was put in front of the department's lobby.

Authorities ordered an evacuation for the entire building and a Yuma County Sheriff's bomb squad was called in.

The backpack was found to contain non-threatening items.

Franklin says further investigation led to Tagliafero being suspected of leaving the backpack.

Police are urging anyone with additional information about the incident to contact them.