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Scioto Downs Racino Customers Criticize Response to Bomb Threat
COLUMBUS (Rob Wells/Kate Liebers) -- Scioto Downs Racino patrons experienced business as usual Thursday afternoon, even as a man threatened to blow the place up.
"I was shocked we weren't evacuated or informed of the situation," customer Lori Embry said.
Columbus Division of Police had the authority to make the call.
"They seek advice from us because we're the experts in this field," CPD Chief Kim Jacobs said. "They're not the experts in dealing with bomb threats. They listen to our advice."
Jacobs said officers and the bomb squad teams worked closely with racino, eventually determining that the threats were empty.
"In the case of a bomb threat, or when we didn't have a device found, we go on that communication with the property owner so assess what they want to do."
The racino management stood by the decision to not evacuate, because no explosive device was ever found.
For Embry, however, a threat is a threat.
"I would've liked them to inform the patrons of the situation and leave the decision up to the patrons," she said.