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Woman sought after courthouse-based lawyer faces bomb threat

Jun 05 2012

Victoria police are looking for the woman who threatened to bring a bomb to the city’s courthouse, targeting a family lawyer.

The woman posted a threat on her Facebook site about noon Monday against a courthouse-based lawyer with whom she was dealing, Victoria police spokesman Const. Mike Russell said.

Staff at the lawyer’s office noticed the post about 2 p.m. and immediately called police. Russell did not release the lawyer’s name or say whether he was in the courthouse.

Victoria police have identified the suspect and are trying to locate her, Russell said. The woman could face mischief charges.

“We don’t believe there’s an imminent threat,” Russell said, but added police are taking extra precautions and working with sheriff staff. The courthouse was not evacuated.

A bomb threat Saturday resulted in the removal of 500 people from B.C. Ferries’ Queen of Coquitlam, which was about to depart for the 3:10 p.m. sailing from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay. Nanaimo RCMP determined the call was a hoax and serious crime investigators are now looking for the caller.