Police: Bomb threat at local hotel a hoax


Sean Su/Daily Senior Staffer

Officers responded to a call Sunday from a man who said he had a bomb at the Best Western University Plaza, 1501 Sherman Ave. Police believe the call was a hoax, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan.

Stephanie Kelly, City Editor

Evanston police officers responded Sunday afternoon to a bomb threat that officers now believe was a hoax.

A man called police and said he had a bomb and was staying at a hotel in downtown Evanston, police said. The man, who gave only his first name, placed the call to EPD’s front desk at 3:48 p.m. Sunday, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The man said he had a bomb and he was going to start shooting people, Dugan said. The man also said he was staying at the Best Western University Plaza hotel, 1501 Sherman Ave., and was distraught because a family member had died.

Officers went to the hotel and searched the building but found nothing suspicious. The hotel staff also told police there was no one there with the name the caller gave, Dugan said.

Detectives are currently trying to trace the call to locate its source. At this time, the call appears to be a hoax, Dugan said.

As of Monday afternoon, the hotel had no comment about the situation.

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