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Person arrested for bomb threat and hate crimes near White House, officials say

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By Stephen Pimpo, Jr., WJLA

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — A person was arrested after they made a bomb threat and committed hate crimes near the White House in D.C. Saturday, according to authorities.

Secret Service says they were told at around 9:05 p.m. that a suspect threatened someone in Lafayette Square and told them he had an "explosive device" in his backpack. D.C. Police checked the backpack and determined there was nothing dangerous inside, officials say.

The suspect was arrested for making terroristic threats, hate crimes, and threats to do bodily harm and D.C. Police took him in for processing.

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