Man arrested for bomb threats at multiple businesses

By Eric Deabill |

Published 08/08 2014 08:14PM

Updated 08/08 2014 11:01PM

LACKAWANNA COUNTY - It has been exactly one month since three bomb threats disrupted bank business in Throop, Scranton and Mayfield. Friday, Scranton police and the FBI arrested the suspect, 27-year-old Frank McBride, at a home on Prospect Avenue.

"It's a good thing they finally got him. I don't know where all these people are coming from today," said Arlington Phillips of Scranton.

Investigators believe McBride would call the banks threatening workers to leave money outside, threatening that the bank would blow up because there was a bomb inside.

"There are crazy people in the world and there are people who are hard-up," said Jane Oppenheim of Scranton.

A day before the bank threats on July 8, federal prosecutors believe McBride made a similar phone call and threat to the Gerrity's Supermarket on Meadow Avenue in Scranton.

McBride is now charged with bank robbery and interference with commerce by threats of violence. Federal prosecutors say more charges are pending -- from similar bank threats within the past month.

In court Friday afternoon, McBride asked the judge to be released pending his trial. The judge denied his request, so McBride will remain in prison. He's expected back in federal court later in August.

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