SFPD arrests 19-year-old for false bomb threat that shut down Market Street 

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  • courtesy Katharine Chin
  • The bomb squad investigates a threat at the Art Institute on Wednesday.
The San Francisco Police Department has arrested Jesus Ivan Yerena, 19, for allegedly making the bomb threat that shut down Market Street for several hours on Wednesday.

Yerena, a San Francisco resident, was cited and released for the misdemeanor offense of placing a false or facsimile bomb.

Police say Yerena secured a suspicious device consisting of a timer and a threatening note to a locker on the sixth floor of the Art Institute building at 1170 Market Street.

The building was evacuated and traffic on Market Street was stopped in both directions for several hours while SFPD investigated the threat. The department's Explosive Ordinance Unit ultimately determined that the device did not pose a threat.

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