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Police: Man Threatened School with Bomb to Rob Bank

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SWAINSBORO, GA -

A Swainsboro man is under arrest for allegedly making a bomb threat against Swainsboro High School and then robbing a bank.

Deputies were called to Swainsboro High School just after 9:00 Friday morning after the school received a bomb threat.

Students, faculty and staff were evacuated as the school was searched by officers, explosive detection dogs and school administrators.

During that investigation, The Emanuel County Sheriff's Office says someone robbed the Robins Federal Credit Union in Swainsboro.

A witness was able to give them a description of the suspect as well as his vehicle.

Within minutes, officers spotted that vehicle and a short vehicle chase began.

Otis Alexander, 34, was eventually taken into custody without further incident.

Alexander faces numerous felonies including Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Transmitting a False Public Alarm and Terroristic Threats and Acts.

He is being held at the Emanuel County Jail without bond.

The Emanuel County Sheriff's Office says it determined that the bomb threat and robbery were related.

Officials say the threat was used as a way to divert police attention.

No bomb or explosive device was found at the school, authorities said.

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