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Man charged with making bomb threat that closed municipal buildings

Man charged with making bomb threat that closed municipal buildings

He was previously accused of making fake 911 calls, records show
Man charged with making bomb threat that closed municipal buildings
Shawn Fountain in May
Photographer: Colonie Police (inset) Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY -- A Rotterdam man has been arrested in connection with a bomb threat last week that cleared multiple municipal buildings in Schenectady.

The suspect is the same man accused in May of making a series of false 911 calls in Colonie and Niskayuna, records show.

Shawn H. Fountain, 38, of Robinwood Avenue, was arrested Friday by Schenectady police and charged with one count each of making a terroristic threat and first-degree falsely reporting an incident, both felonies.

Fountain is accused of leaving a brown piece of paper on a stairway just after 9 a.m. on July 31 at the County Building, 620 State St. On the paper was written: "Bomb there is bomb in one of your city buildings and it will be set off today," according to police allegations filed in court.

Police based the charges on video evidence, identification of Fountain by two witnesses and statements made by Fountain, according to the police report.

Police evacuated multiple buildings, including City Hall, the County Courthouse and the County Building. Employees stood outside for more than two hours, and police closed surrounding streets to traffic as they searched for any devices. None were found. 

Fountain was arrested in May in connection with the Colonie and Niskayuna threats. In those calls, he made false reports about fights and other incidents, police said at the time. 

Police said they didn't have a clear motive for the calls, but they noted Fountain had a suspended license at the time and may have made the calls -- the incidents he reported were near where he was driving at the time -- to prevent being stopped and ticketed, police said.

The status of his May cases couldn't be determined on Monday. He remained in the Schenectady County Jail Monday afternoon on $15,000 bail.

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