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Suspect arrested in fake bomb incident

A 36-year-old Kenmore man was taken into custody early this evening and charged with falsely reporting a bomb threat that forced traffic to be rerouted off Elmwood Avenue between Hertel and Great Arrow avenues from about 7 a.m. until about 8:20 a.m. today.

Titus Tallchief is being held in the Erie County Correctional Facility pending his arraignment Tuesday in Buffalo City Court on a felony charge of placing a fake bomb or hazardous substance that carries a possible four year prison term if convicted.

Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge reported that what appeared to be three sticks of dynamite left on the steps of a business on the 1800 block of Elmwood Avenue was called in about 7 a.m. but ultimately proved to be a fake bomb.

Traffic had to be rerouted as Buffalo police officers and members of the Erie County Bomb Squad and bomb-sniffing dogs carried out an investigation before determining that the bomb was not real, according to DeGeorge.

“It had been spotted at about 7 a.m. by a passerby,” DeGeorge said. “It had been left in a visible area right on the front steps of 1800 Elmwood.”Witnesses at the scene described it as three red tubes taped together with a component that was perhaps intended to look like an ignition unit.” No motive for the incident has been disclosed by authorities.