Hempstead Man Nabbed for Courthouse Bomb Threats

An admitted drugged driver was arrested for calling in bomb threats at a Nassau County courthouse near his Hempstead home where he was scheduled to be sentenced on Monday morning, authorities said.

Melbis Hernandez, who had pleaded guilty in January to driving while under the influence of drugs, was about to be sentenced at First District Court on Main Street when he called in a pair of bomb threats shortly after 9 a.m., according to Nassau County police and court records.

The building was evacuated, searched and found not to have any explosives inside. Investigators found that the second call came from a nearby payphone.

The 25-year-old suspect was apprehended later the same day and charged with two counts of falsely reporting an incident.

He will be arraigned Tuesday at the same courthouse to which he allegedly called in the bomb threats.

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