Anderson man arrested for alleged bomb threat at Madison County Courthouse

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Mug shot of Andrew Leonard

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. – An Anderson man was arrested after allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the Madison County Courthouse on Monday.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigated a phoned in bomb threat to the Madison County Government Center around 12:45p.m. The caller stated, “There is a bomb on the property.”

About 80 percent of employees left the building immediately after the threat was broadcast.

Deputies, along with Anderson Police and Anderson Fire Department, used three K-9 to detect for explosives in and around the building.

The K-9s searched for about one hour and 45 minutes and there were no indications from them of explosives on the property.

The Sheriff’s Office began investigating a “person of interest” at 2:50 p.m. At approximately 4 p.m., they arrested Andrew Leonard of Anderson, 34, for false informing. They also arrested him on an outstanding warrant for receiving stolen property.

Leonard allegedly confessed to making the phone call of the bomb threat to the Government Center because he did not want to go to his scheduled court hearing today at 1:30pm.