LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH) — A man has been arrested in connection with bomb threats made earlier this month against businesses and schools in the Canal Winchester area, forcing those schools to close.
Yousif Amin Mubarak, 25, was arrested Tuesday without incident by the FBI in Portland, Oregon.
According to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, which announced the arrest Wednesday, Mubarak was previously a Canal Winchester resident and was believed to have been living in the Seattle area.
According to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, on Sept. 13, bomb threats were made to the Canal Winchester High School and middle school, prompting the district to close all schools for the day. Pickerington North High School was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat as well.
One day earlier, on Sept. 12, threats of violence were made to 12 different businesses on the Gender Road corridor, said Fairfield County Sheriff Alex Lape.
“I think it’s important to let everybody know that if it occurs in Fairfield County, regardless of where it originates, we’re still going to pursue it and we’ll use the means that we have available to us, the partnerships with federal, state, and local enforcement agencies to do that,” Lape said.
The threats resulted in the closure of Canal Winchester Local Schools and the evacuation of Pickerington High School North.
Mubarak is awaiting an appearance in federal court on charges stemming from the threats.