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La Crosse man charged with threatening to bomb police department

La Crosse man charged with threatening to bomb police department

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A La Crosse man was arrested early Monday after he allegedly threatened to bomb the La Crosse Police Department.

According to police, Jared L. Cooper, 25, called 911 at 8:22 p.m. Sunday and said, “There is a bomb in your building. Everyone will die. Every single police officer, you’re all dead.”

Police officers were able to trace the call to Cooper’s home at 1442 Caledonia St. and to Cooper’s phone. They executed a search warrant at 1:20 a.m. Monday and found four phones at Cooper’s house, including the one that placed the call.

Jared Cooper

Cooper

According to the report, Cooper initially denied the phone was his, saying he had lost his phone a week earlier, before admitting he had drunk alcohol and smoked marijuana, then called in the bomb threat.

“Yeah, it was stupid,” he said, according to the police report.

Officers searched La Crosse City Hall, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Police Department and the La Crosse Sheriff’s Department and did not find explosives.

Cooper was taken into custody and is in the La Crosse County Jail.

Cooper was charged Monday with engaging in a bomb scare in La Crosse County Circuit Court and released on a $2,000 signature bond by Judge Gloria Doyle on the condition he comply with Justice Support Services monitoring. He is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 11.


Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter @Jourdan_LCT.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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