Police arrest Relay for Life bomb threat suspect
Threat alluded to the Boston Marathon bombing
Halifax police say they have arrested a 42-year-old man in connection with a bomb threat that cancelled the Relay for Life two weeks ago.
Edward Louis Shea of Halifax is facing charges of a hoax regarding terrorist activity, uttering threats and four counts of breaching court orders.
Shea allegedly made an angry eight second call, laced with expletives, to 911 that alluded to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Police said they traced the call to a payphone at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street.
Nearby, nearly 700 people were gathered at the Oval on the Halifax Common for the Canadian Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life. Police said it was the only event similar to the Boston Marathon taking place in Halifax on June 7.
It was enough to worry organizers who cancelled the event. The Arthritis Society followed, cancelling its annual walk. The charity events lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Police released tape of the 911 call and said they received several tips from the public identifying a suspect.
Then on Thursday police responded to an unwanted persons call at Mount Saint Vincent University just before 2 p.m.
"While the man was being removed he made reference to the 911 call and the bomb threats," said Const. Pierre Bourdages.
He boarded a bus and was later arrested at the Metro Transit terminal in Dartmouth.
Shea is scheduled to appear in provincial court this morning.
Bourdages said it's the first time the Halifax police have laid the hoax charge.