A man who made a bomb threat to law enforcement in Yavapai County has been arrested in Colorado. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say in the mid-afternoon hours of July 26th, an unidentified man called the dispatch center and said “there is a bomb in the building” and hung up. Due to the broad, nondescript nature of the threat, operations at the Yavapai County Jails in Prescott and Camp Verde, as well as the Chino Valley Police Department were severely diminished or shut down for several hours. An investigation into the caller, and the phone he used, revealed the suspect to be 29-year-old Jake Ruether, who used to live in the Prescott area. Further investigation revealed Ruether made bomb threats against other jails, police departments in Kansas, where he also had ties. He also made threats to several people and threatened to conduct school shootings. Sheriff’s investigators, U.S. Marshals and law enforcement in Trinidad, Colorado were able to find Ruether Wednesday, in Trinidad, and took him into custody. Ruether is awaiting extradition back to Yavapai County. He is facing charges of making terrorist threats, false reporting and use of electronic device to terrify and threatening.
Jun 20 2021
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