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Evangeline Downs Bomb Threat Suspect Arrested

Russell Cormier, mugshot
Russell Cormier, mugshot

43-year-old Russell Cormier of Carencro faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly making a bomb threat to the Evangeline Downs Casino Tuesday night.

State Police say Cormier allegedly told casino employees that he put an explosive device inside the casino before he left. The casino was then evacuated and searched systematically by La. State Police, Opelousas Police, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Explosive Detection K-9 and the Opelousas Fire Department. La. State Police say there was no explosive device found.

Cormier faces a charge of communication of a bomb threat. Police continue to investigate.

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