Friday, January 30, 2009

Arrest in Bomb Threats Against Atlanta Housing Authority

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, announces the arrest of MICHAEL EZZARD, 46, of Atlanta. EZZARD was arrested by Agents of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Domestic Terrorism Squad for allegedly making a series of telephonic bomb threats directed against the Atlanta Housing Authority over the period of January 22-26, 2009. The threats resulted in the closure of both the Atlanta Housing Authority and several surrounding streets for three hours on January 22, causing significant disruption to traffic and business in the area. Atlanta Police Department and MARTA Police Department bomb units conducted searches of the Atlanta Housing Authority building, but did not find any bombs.

EZZARD was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon, pursuant to a Criminal Complaint issued in the Northern District of Georgia, charging him with violating Title 18, Section 844(e) of the United States Code. He is expected to make an initial appearance before a United States Magistrate tomorrow, Friday, January 28th.

The JTTF is an FBI-led, multi-agency task force consisting of 22 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including Department of State, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Transportation Security Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Protective Service, United States Marshals Service, United States Postal Service, United States Army, United States Secret Service, United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Gwinnett County Police Department, , Dekalb County Police Department, Fulton County Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, Henry County Police Department, Atlanta Police Department, MARTA Police Department, Forest Park Police Department, and Doraville Police Department

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