BRIEF: Police ID man in alleged Liberty Bell threat
Jan 27, 2013 (The Philadelphia Inquirer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Police have identified the man who allegedly threatened to blow up the Liberty Bell Saturday as Carlos J. Balsas, 41, of Tempe, Ariz.
Police gave the following account:
Balsas had entered the Liberty Bell pavilion at 10:05 a.m. Saturday carrying a backpack. When told by security personnel that the bag needed to be searched, Balsas replied: "I have explosives in there." He then left the tourist site.
Security officers notified the U.S. Park Rangers and provided a physical description of Balsas, who was seen walking westbound in the 600 block of Chestnut Street. He was eventually stopped on Market Street near 7th Street.
Balsas was uncooperative with the Park Rangers. After a brief struggle, he was handcuffed. Members of the Philadelphia Police Department Bomb Squad found no evidence of explosives.
Balsas has abeen charged with terroristic threats, bomb threats, possessing an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person and related offenses.
Contact Jonathan Lai at Jlai@phillynews.com, 856-779-3220, or @elaijuh on Twitter.
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