Woman arrested for reporting bomb hoax

Woman arrested for reporting bomb hoax

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Apr 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 26, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 46-year-old woman has been arrested and charged following a hoax involving a suspicious package found between two cars at HOPE Incorporated.

Sgt. Chris Widmer with TPD tells KGUN9 that Esther Bergin was arrested for one count of hoax, a class 4 felony after calling 911 to report a bomb.

Officers responded to the parking lot of HOPE Inc. located at 1200 N. Country Club, Thursday to investigate a suspicious bag.

Detectives later learned that Bergin was the 911 caller and also the witness who gave false information to police on the scene about seeing a suspect with the bag, and saying the bag had a bomb.

The HOPE building and a nearby charter school, AmeriSchool were evacuated. A total of 230 children and staff were evacuated from the school.

Parents of AmeriSchool children picked them up at Himmel Park, located at 898 N. Tucson Blvd.

Hope Inc. is an outpatient care facility.

Someone called to say there was a canvas backpack sitting between two vehicles, said Widmer. 

The backpack ended up having clothing inside of it, nothing dangerous was found.

Police opened back up the streets at about 4:30 p.m.

The 46-year-old woman may be financially liable for the police response to yesterday's hoax.

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.