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Man arrested in alleged bomb threat at DP&L power plant

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MANCHESTER - A Cincinnati man was arrested Friday night just hours after he allegedly made a bomb threat at the Stuart Station DP&L plant.


According to Adams County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeffrey A. McCarty, the office received a call for assistance shortly after 1 p.m. Friday from the Dayton Power and Light Stewart Station located at 745 US 52.


DP&L officials reported a bomb threat was made and emergency protocols were being followed. The threat came from an apparent disgruntled employee handing a note to a guard at the entrance of the plant.


The employee, identified as 38 year old Carlos Cruz-Gomez was reportedly fired that same morning and after being escorted off the property, returned to the gate to deliver the threatening letter. “In the letter, he allegedly claimed that two other individuals in the plant had planted a bomb,” said Sheriff Kimmy Rogers on Tuesday.


The Manchester Fire Department was staged on scene and worked in conjunction with the DP&L Fire Department. The Sheriffs Office received assistance from the Manchester Police Department and the Cincinnati Fire Department Bomb Squad.


The plant was thoroughly searched by the bomb squad into the evening. The bomb squad declared the area safe near 7 p.m.


The Sheriff’s Office remained in contact with the Department of Homeland Security during the incident, McCarty said.


“All agencies worked together making this a very calm and orderly operation. Everyone was outstanding in their efforts to have a peaceful, harmless resolve,” said Chief Deputy McCarty.


Cruz-Gomez was arrested near his home in Cincinnati later that evening by the Cincinnati Police on a warrant obtained by the Adams County Sheriffs Office and is currently housed in the Hamilton County Justice Center waiting extradition to Adams County.


According to DP&L officials, the suspect worked for a contractor at the plant, prior to his termination.


“He is being held in Hamilton County Jail for filing a false police report, until the paperwork is completed to charge him with the crime in Adams County,” Rogers said. Once completed, Sheriff Rogers said Cruz-Gomez will be transported to Adams County.

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