K9s sweep Twin River after threat; suspect held without bail

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LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A man accused of making threats against Twin River Casino in Lincoln Thursday was ordered held as a Superior Court bail violator during his arraignment at Kent County District Court Friday morning.

Julio Santana, 23, is charged with reporting a bomb threat at Twin River, making a false call to 911, and disorderly conduct.

In court, Lt. Dana Packer said a man called 911 around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, told the operator he placed a bomb on the hotel’s third floor, then hung up. Packer said 911 was able to get the caller back on the phone and got him not only to identify himself but also what he was wearing.

At that point, Packer said officers reported seeing a man matching the description run outside the casino.

When police approached, he reportedly told officers there was a bomb and terrorists in the building.

Police said after an initial investigation, including reviewing surveillance video, officers determined the threat was not credible.

They said surveillance video showed Santana never even entered the hotel.

Eyewitness News cameras rolled as Lincoln police, along with Providence police K-9 units, conducted a sweep of the casino. Police said the search was out of an abundance of caution.

Police said Santana is a Superior Court bail violator. 

He was out on bail in connection with a 2018 felony assault, larceny, and disorderly conduct charges.

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