AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say they have found no threat after responding to two apparent bomb threats Tuesday morning, including one in the West Campus area. Police say the threat came from a man at the hospital for psychiatric treatment, when he told officers he’d placed bombs.
Austin police say a medical call came in for a man in his 50s who was staying at the mosque overnight. While being taken to the hospital, he reportedly made claims of a bomb threat at the mosque and at Arab Cowboy on the University of Texas campus. Both scenes have since been cleared of any threat.
KXAN spoke to a neighbor who lives across the street from the mosque and who worships there. He said this is a “sad situation.”
The first call came in around 7:10 a.m. at 11900 North Lamar Blvd., which online maps identify as the North Austin Muslim Community Center. The second threat came from the 900 block of West 24th St., at the Arab Cowboy Hookah bar, and 24th Street is closed between Pearl and San Gabriel streets. The Arab Cowboy is closed and doesn’t open until noon.
Police had roads closed while they investigated, but those have since reopened. Meanwhile, police say the man, whose identity has not been released, possibly faces charges of making terroristic threats.
On Tuesday afternoon, the North Austin Muslim Community Center posted the following to its website:
The North Austin Muslim Community Center takes the security of our community very seriously.
We are thankful to the Austin Police Department for responding quickly to the bomb threat made this morning by a mentally ill community member.
We are reassured that the security threat has been cleared, and there is no reason to think of this as a hate crime.
Today’s false alarm and recent events remind us of the need to be vigilant when the safety of our community members and neighbors are at risk.