Charges: Ex-worker threatened to bomb Hennepin County facility

The 65-year-old and his girlfriend said they planned to sue the county.
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The man charged with calling in a bomb threat to a Hennepin County public works facility was caught after the staff member who took the call recognized his voice.

Anthony Romano, 65, of Minneapolis, has been charged with two counts of making terroristic threats and will make his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

He was arrested on Tuesday, with a police search of his home in the Standish Green Condo complex in south Minneapolis finding several guns, ammunition and a crossbow within.

It came after Hennepin County's public works building in Medina, which employs 250 people in the county's transportation and emergency management departments, received a call that same morning from Romano.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman who answered the phone was told to get out of the building "because there was a bomb."

The caller hung up, but called back a short time later and spoke to the same woman, telling her "there were bombs attached to the fleet of trucks outside the building."

The woman who took the call recognized the voice as Romano's, as he had previously worked at the facility for 26 years up till this past September.

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Romano also told her that he and his girlfriend, who had also worked in the department until recently, planned to file a lawsuit against the county.

He was arrested after the woman reported the threat to her manager and police were called.

Romano allegedly told deputies when he was being arrested that he had called the public works facility, but denied making any threats.

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