Bend Men Arrested for Courthouse Bomb Threat Hoax

Bend Police say they’ve arrested two men responsible for a bomb threat hoax that shut down the Deschutes County Courthouse on Monday.

The suspects, Jonathan Tyler Allen, 23, and Kellie Kent Cameron, 30, were contacted by police during a traffic stop Saturday night.

Search warrants were executed on the men and the Dodge van they were driving, according to Bend Police. Evidence was obtained and both suspects were arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Jail.

Both men were charged with possession of a hoax destructive device, disorderly conduct, criminal conspiracy and possession of meth.

The hoax Monday morning caused a multi-agency response that closed several downtown Bend streets, forced the cancelation of all courthouse activities and prompted a call to the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit from Salem.

Someone called 9-1-1 around 7 a.m. to report two bombs – one at the courthouse steps and the other in a separate, undisclosed location nearby. The courthouse was evacuated and streets in the area blocked off shortly after that, according to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Sgt. William Bailey.

The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit arrived from Eugene at about 11 a.m. While the team assessed the device, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office tweeted out they were seeking a person of interest and released a short security video of what appears to be a man wearing a cowboy hat, grey hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and jeans carrying a box under one arm.

Just after 1 p.m. the OSP Explosives Unit used a water cannon to neutralize the device. Further investigation revealed it did not contain any explosive materials.

Bail for the two men was set at $20,000.