Fairfield County bomb threats: Man arrested in Oregon

Yousif Amin Mubarak, 26, previously lived in Canal Winchester, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s office said.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a man in Oregon who is accused of threatening schools and businesses in the Winchester and Pickerington Canal areas.

Yousif Amin Mubarak, 26, previously lived in Canal Winchester, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s office said. He is now awaiting appear in federal court on charges relating to several violent threats against companies across Canal Winchester and Violet Township, including Canal Winchester High School and another at Pickerington North High School.

Last Monday, both schools reported bomb threats that were called in. The threats caused Canal Winchester schools to close and the students and staff of Pickerington North High School to temporarily evacuate the school.

Later that week, Canal Winchester schools reported that the high school had received another shooting threat. The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office linked all threats with an unidentified man near the west coast and found them unreliable.

At the time, authorities believed Mubarak lived somewhere in the Seattle area. He was taken into custody in Portland without incident.

“Threats to schools and businesses affect the entire community and have dire consequences,” said J. William Rivers, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Cincinnati.

In addition to the alleged bomb threats, Mubarak reportedly called a gas station in Canal Winchester on September 12 and said “he was going to rob them”.

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