Police: Woman on jury duty called in fake bomb threat

Cynthia Creed, 51, is charged with giving a false police report.

June 13, 2012 12:35:18 PM PDT
A woman who'd just been cleared from jury duty may end up back in court anyway. She's accused of making a fake bomb threat that cleared a Harris County courthouse.

According to court documents, on Tuesday morning Cynthia Creed sent a co-worker a text message reading "Call the courthouse. Tell them there is a bomb...please."

The co-worker, who believed the threat was real, called the police.

About 15 minutes later, Creed sent another text reading, "Just kidding."

By then, bomb-sniffing dogs were searching the building at 1201 Congress, which is the jury assembly building for Harris County. Jurors and employees were evacuated.

Creed, 51, is charged with giving a false police report. Authorities say Creed was genuinely sorry about the prank but couldn't really explain why she did it. She had been released from jury duty at 10:30am and sent the first text at 11:43am.


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