State Troopers evacuated the capitol and locked the doors Friday morning.
Visitors were told a man had called, claiming bombs would go off at 9. The threat put an end to James Eudy’s plans for a capitol tour.
"It don't really make me nervous what it does is it actually irritates and aggravates me. I don't understand why people want to make a bomb threat or anything like that the state makes the rules we got to follow them,” said Eudy.
This is the second incident of its kind since metal detectors were installed in May at the Capitol.
"I have worked here for about seven and half years and this is the only time I can remember where we have two within eight days,” said Jerry Haddican who works for a state lawmaker.
A convenience store pay phone at the corner of Chicon and Cesar Chavez, according to investigators, was used to make the bomb threat. Surveillance cameras are at the store. An investigator reviewed what they recorded moments before and after the threat was called in. Images were recovered of a man as he walked toward the phone and later as he walks away.
"He was counting the change, we checked the cameras slowly and he was counting the change, like quarters,” said store clerk Sohail Lodhia.
The cameras are not pointed at the phone, but investigators have reason to talk to the man. The time the video was recorded was matched to when the 911 center received the bomb threat. Fingerprints from the phone - may also help make identification.
The image capture by the store cameras, in a strange way, clears a man who showed up to the Capitol to surrender.
A few minutes after 9:00 a.m., state troopers took this man into custody. Barry cooper, who produces an independent reality show called Kopbusters. He used a marker to write jury nullification on his forehead and constitutional obedience on his white t-shirt. He brought his camera crew and attorney to record his arrest.
Cooper was a wanted man. A warrant was issued out of north Texas. He and his wife allegedly made a false police report as part of a show they produced 2 years ago. Cooper's attorney was asked if this publicity stunt, and the bomb threat, were connected.
“No I have not heard anything about that,” said attorney James Gill.
It was a bit of bad timing for cooper on Friday. But it may also be a lucky day that he was taken to jail only on an old misdemeanor charge, and nothing else.
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