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Man arrested for making bomb threats against police and court buildings

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 17:09:15-04

TRINIDAD — U.S. Marshals and local police arrested Jake Ruether, 29, in Trinidad Thursday for a series of alleged bomb threats made against law enforcement and judicial buildings.

"All Things 81082" broke the story on its community Facebook page Friday.

Here's what we know about the case:

According to a news release, an unidentified man called the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office in Arizona and stated there was a bomb in the building last week.

The caller then quickly hung up the phone.

"Due to the broad, nondescript nature of the threat, operations at the Yavapai County Jails in Prescott, and in Camp Verde, as well as the Chino Valley Police Department were severely diminished or shut down for several hours," a spokesperson said. "A specially trained group of Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies in the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program were assigned to investigate the origin of the threat. TLO's have access to resources through a network of law enforcement agencies that aid in gaining intelligence on terrorist-related matters."

After further investigation, authorities identified the man behind the call as Reuther who has previous ties to the Prescott area.

Authorities also say Ruether also made several bomb threats against other jails, police departments and courthouses in Kansas.

"Furthermore, Ruether made several threats to individuals and he threatened to shoot up schools," authorities stated.

Sheriff's deputies then worked with the U.S. Marshal's Service and tracked him down at a home in Trinidad.

"The officers gave chase and after a brief scuffle, Ruether was taken into custody," authorities said.

Ruether is now facing multiple charges, including Making Terrorist Threats and False Reporting.

He was booked into the Las Animas County Jail as he awaits extradition back to Yavapai County on an outstanding warrant.