Casino evacuated after bomb threats

April 29, 2016

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Two bomb threats called in to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort last Thursday night spurred the evacuation of thousands of people as police investigated through the night.

The first call was made at 10:15 p.m. and the second shortly after by a female caller, according to a media release from Erik Rodriguez, the public relations director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
An emergency notice just after 11 p.m. Thursday from Isabella County Central Dispatch asked that those paged “report to station” because of the bomb threat.

The hotel, casino, slot palace and all employees were evacuated shortly after, in accordance with the resort’s protocol, Rodriguez wrote.

State police including the bomb squad and a K-9 unit, the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Shepherd Police, Mt. Pleasant Police, Central Michigan University Police, Mobile Medical Response, Emergency Management Center, Clare City Police and the Midland K-9 bomb dogs all assisted Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and Fire with the investigation, according to the release.

Investigation in the buildings lasted until 5:30 a.m. Friday, when an official “all clear” was given to the site; no employees or patrons were allowed on the property during that investigation and some hotel guests were moved to the Soaring Eagle Water Park for the night.

No bombs were found during the all night search, police confirmed.
By 6:30 a.m. employees were reporting that “department by department” workers were allowed back into the building, a somewhat complicated process, according to the SCIT.

Tribal police have a “person of interest” in the bomb threats but have not identified that person pending the completion of the investigation, according to the release.

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