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Stephen Brown Arrested for Allegedly Threatening to Bomb Santa Cruz County Building

A homeless man was arrested Monday for making a bomb threat at U.S. Rep. Sam Farr’s Santa Cruz office after being turned down for lunch by Farr’s secretary, sheriff’s officials said. The man, identified as 72-year-old Stephen Brown, went to Farr’s office in the Santa Cruz County Building at 701 Ocean St. and told Farr’s secretary he was going to take her to lunch. She declined, and then he walked out and said he was going to wait for the congressman and “blow up the county building,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The secretary contacted the sheriff’s office at 12:26 p.m. and gave deputies a description of the man and a countywide alert was issued to find him. Capitola police responded to a call about a disturbance at a military recruiting office on 41st Avenue a few hours later, the sheriff’s office said. Brown was arrested there after a short struggle.

He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail under $10,000 bail on suspicion of making a bomb threat and a terrorist threat. Sheriff’s officials said that Brown did not display a weapon or bomb making materials when he made the threat, and there is no evidence that he actually intended to harm Farr or anyone else in the building.

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