Salt Lake man charged with making Trolley Square bomb threat

Published: Thursday, March 29 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

As part of Trolley SquareĠs renovation, the historic archway bearing Trolley SquareĠs name will be relocated just west of the current location January 5, 2009. The archway was originally located downtown Salt Lake City at the Capitol Theater and was moved to Trolley Square in the early 1970s to be preserved as a historical piece for Salt Lake City. Utah. Keith Johnson, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City man dressed up as a security guard and called 911 to make bomb threats to Trolley Square and the police station because "it was a high or a rush," according to charges filed in Third District Court Thursday.

Lonnie James Thompson, 36, faces two counts of threat of terrorism, a second degree felony, for the two 911 calls he allegedly made March 20.

Thompson made an initial 911 call saying "there were bombs everywhere at Trolley Square" from the payphone at the Smith's store at 876 E. 800 South, police said.

A second 911 call was made from a payphone at the TRAX station at 625 E. 400 South in which Thompson allegedly said, "There is a bomb at the police station ... your police station ... you have 30 seconds to comply." 

When officers located Thompson near the TRAX station, he admitted that he had made the calls, police said.

Smith's security camera footage "shows Thompson leaving the store just before the first call was made, and walking through the parking lot towards the TRAX station," according to the court filing.

Ladd Brubaker

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