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Police Investigate Bomb Threat at Scioto Downs

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Investigators have determined that no credible threat existed at the Scioto Downs Racino on Thursday, despite repeated bomb threats that were phoned in by an unknown caller.

The suspect first called a Scioto Downs employee at approximately 10 a.m., and threatened to detonate a bomb if he was not paid $50,000. That initial contact led to a series of calls during which the suspect has made repeated threats.

Investigators spoke with the caller multiple times on Thursday, eventually determining that the unidentified man presented no danger to the gambling venue.

"I didn't see anything that looked like they were looking for a bomb," visitor Rosalyn Brown said. "Everything looked like I usually see it."

Scioto Downs officials did not evacuate the facility at any point on Thursday, but claimed to have taken the necessary precautions to ensure their customers' safety.

"This is the first time we've ever had any type of issue, or anything that might be cause for concern. That's why we're taking it so seriously," Scioto Downs spokesperson Ashley Redmon said.

Columbus Division of Police Bomb Squad officers and dogs remained at the racino until the venue was determined to be safe.

Investigators will continue their attempt to identify the suspect and his location.
 
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