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Aug 21, 2013 6:40 PM by AP, PHOTO: MGN ONLINE

Suspect arrested in string of N.O. bomb threats

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man suspected of calling in more than 40 bomb threats to the New Orleans Police Department this month has been arrested.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court accuses the suspect, Jahvar Hooks, 30, of New Orleans, of making threats against schools, hotels, casinos and government buildings during a series of 911 calls between Aug. 12 and Aug. 19. Two New Orleans courthouses were evacuated and searched following calls.

Hooks was arrested Monday after he allegedly used a pay phone to call in a threat against a hotel. Investigators used surveillance video from a nearby store to identify Hooks as the suspect.

An FBI agent's affidavit says Hooks told investigators that he had been prescribed medication to treat his unspecified "mental health issues."

Hooks had an initial court appearance on Tuesday. A detention hearing was set for Thursday.

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