PSP: Maryland man made bomb threats to Hermitage banks

hermitage first national bank locations evacuated

HERMITAGE, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania State Police have charged a 76-year-old Maryland man with phoning in bomb threats to First National Bank branches in two western Pennsylvania counties.

Horace James of Dundalk, Maryland, has been charged with felony counts of making bomb threats and terroristic threats, and misdemeanor harassment charges, for the June 16 calls.

Police say James called on June 16 demanding a $500 million loan and complaining that the bank was stealing his money and gold before telling employees he planted bombs in the banks days before.

First National branches in Brownsville, Fayette County, and six branches in Hermitage and other parts of Mercer County, were closed due to the threats. No bombs were found.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for James, who didn’t immediately respond to a phone message Thursday.

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