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Newspaper subscriber allegedly threatens to bomb The Desert Sun

Police arrested a Desert Hot Springs man after he allegedly made threats to bomb The Desert Sun building on Monday, according to Palm Springs Police Department.

The customer had initially called Sunday because he said he did not receive the coupons he wanted in his Sunday newspaper, said Greg Castro, director of Circulation for The Desert Sun.

“The customer service representative said she would have the coupons sent out on Monday,” Castro said.

Though a newspaper employee delivered the package as told, Castro said the man called the newspaper’s customer service department again on Monday and said he still did not get the coupons he wanted.

“That’s when he said: ‘What do I have to do? Come down there and blow up the building?’ ” Castro added.

Officers searched the Desert Sun building, assisted by a bomb detection dog and did not find any devices, police said.

Castro said the building was not evacuated during the police search and no employees or bystanders were injured.

“We asked the police to conduct a search as a precaution,” Castro said.

Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs officers located the customer, identified as 65-year-old Nicholas Karas, at his home.

Karas admitted he had made the statement, but denied having malicious intent, police said.

Karas was arrested on suspicion of making a terrorist threat, police said.

He is being held in Palm Springs Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.


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