Man arrested in connection with bomb threat at Hawaii Convention Center

Published: Jan. 17, 2019 at 5:23 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man has been arrested in connection with a bomb threat against the Hawaii Convention Center that forced the facility into a lockdown on Tuesday, Honolulu police say.

Officers arrested 65-year-old Levi Pene on Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.

Police said a threat to bomb the building was made over the phone, triggering a lockdown from Tuesday into Wednesday. However, no bomb was found and no injuries were reported.

A spokesperson for the convention center says that a sweep of the building occurred.

The Hawai‘i Convention Center is working closely with the Honolulu Police Department following a bomb threat received earlier today, January 15, 2019. A thorough sweep of the building has been conducted, and no threats were found. The Center is taking all precautions to ensure the safety of our employees and guests, and the building will remain on lockdown through tomorrow morning. There have been no disruptions to events or services, and we will be following additional security measures to handle scheduled business activity and deliveries during the lockdown.

There are no major events scheduled for the convention center until Friday, when a volleyball tournament is expected to bring more than 2,000 attendees into the facility.

This story will be updated,

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