Man arrested after false bomb threat reported near zoo
A man will face charges after authorities say he called in a false bomb threat at the Washington Park Transit Station.
Officers responded to the Oregon Zoo's MAX stop at 4027 S.W. Canyon Road around 5:17 p.m. on Friday, May 10.
Police say a man, later identified as Benjamin William Greene, used an emergency callbox in the underground train platform to report that he had a "device" which he planned to activate.
Police claim that they logged on to the station's security cameras and watched Greene lug a bag into the elevator and travel to the ground level, where he allgedly used another emergency telephone to make a second threat.
The 37-year-old was detained at the transit center parking lot and later arrested on charges of first-degree disorderly conduct and first-degree interfering with public transit.
Police inspected the transit center and determined that the area was safe. An explosives team inspected Greene's bag and found that it contained "no explosive or anything dangerous inside."
Earlier this month, Greene was charged with unauthorized use and possession of a stolen vehicle in Washington County, according to court records. He was convicted of providing false information during the transfer of a firearm last year.
The Beaverton resident has also been arrested on theft charges in the past few years. Greene was released from the downtown jail on May 11.
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