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Utah man charged with making bomb threat at marathon

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:55 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY » A Utah man has been charged with making terrorist threats after he says he was joking about a bomb threat at last weekend's Salt Lake City Marathon.

KTVX-TV reports the Salt Lake District Attorney filed the second-degree felony charges Monday against 59-year-old George Zinn of Salt Lake City.

Police say Zinn sent an email to the SLC Marathon Marketing group on Friday requesting to place bombs at the marathon's finish line on Saturday. They say he has a history of interfering with police activities.

The threat came just days after the Boston Marathon explosions that left three dead and more than 200 wounded.

One neighbors told KTVX he talked to Zinn the day before his arrest and he claimed it all was a joke.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Zinn has a criminal record dating back to 1989 that includes dozens of convictions for petty crimes such as criminal trespass, theft of services, interfering with a police officer and disturbing the peace.

He was being held in the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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Anonymous wrote:
That's a rather elaborate joke I would say. Sounds like he's got a few screws loose that guy!
on April 23,2013 | 06:56AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I bet Zinn goes to the airport and yells out HI JACK!
on April 23,2013 | 07:24AM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Heh, heh,......joke, joke"
on April 23,2013 | 08:09AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Our Laws and Society is running amok. For one, he was NOT threatening, he was making a request to do something. It is Not against the Law to emailing someone asking for permission to do something. The simple answer to him would be "NO". request denied and that would be the end of it. Did he threaten to do it? No. Did he do it? No. Did they find a bomb? No. Was he making a bomb? No. Do anyone think that he is capable of making a bomb? No. Does his neighbor think he was making a bomb? No. Do the Police think he had a bomb? No. Was he carrying a bomb? No. Does he know about bombs? No. Was he ever charged with bomb making? No. Did he really think about placing a bomb? No. Was he thinking about a Joke to foster? YES. There is evidence that he thought and did send an email to the committee. He did think about making a simple request to place something there. He knew that they naturally would refuse. Naturally then, it was a Joke. Pity.
on April 23,2013 | 12:23PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Bad joke and expensive repercussions to defend himself in Federal Court. That joke will cost him thousands of dollars, plus time and effort. Depending where he works, it might cost him his job.
on April 23,2013 | 05:07PM
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