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Tucson woman arrested for alleged bomb hoax call

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Esther Bergin Esther Bergin

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a woman is in custody in connection with a bomb hoax that led to a large evacuation in midtown Tucson.

Tucson police say a charter school, a behavioral health center and other businesses were evacuated after a suspicious backpack was reported in a parking lot about 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

Police say 1 of the 911 calls was from a woman who claimed the bag contained a bomb.

They say an explosives ordnance team used a device to tear open the backpack, which contained clothing and personal belongings.

Police say 46-year-old Esther Bergin has been booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of making a hoax claim to police.

They didn't immediately know Friday if the Tucson woman has an attorney yet.

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