A Scotts Valley man was arrested this afternoon after allegedly spooking employees at a Santa Cruz business with a fake bomb, according to police. Christopher Childers, 22, walked into a business on the 900 block of Pacific Avenue at about 2:25 p.m. with a small wooden box in his hands, police said. Childers, who has also used the alias James Forrest, said the phrase “42 seconds” to an employee, put down the box, and quickly left, according to police. He then reentered the business and yelled something about explosives, and left again, police said. Security was called, and arriving police officers evacuated the business of everyone inside, according to police. Officers were able to quickly determine the wooden box was not a bomb, but it did have vials and what looked like a non-functioning clock attached to the box, police said. Police found Childers not long after they arrived near Pacific Avenue and Church Street. He was arrested on charges related to making a false bomb threat.
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