The man behind the Spring Hill Publix bomb threat is in custody, according to deputies.

Suspect In Spring Hill Publix Bomb Threat Arrested

The man behind the Spring Hill Publix bomb threat is in custody, according to deputies.
The suspect, identified as Andres Miguel Alonso, 22, was placed under arrest and charged with a False Report of a Bomb.

SPRING HILL, Fla. – The man behind the Spring Hill Publix bomb threat is in custody, according to deputies.

Investigators say on Thursday at approximately 12:40 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Publix, located at 4158 Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill, regarding a Bomb Threat.

Deputies say that a Publix representative contacted 911 to report the incident, saying a man inside of the store told Publix associates he had a bomb strapped to his body. 

According to the suspect, the bomb was set to explode in 10 minutes.

Publix associates were unable to see anything suspicious, as the suspect had wrapped himself in a large blanket.

The suspect remained in the store for a short time, speaking with various managers, before exiting via the front doors.

Managers quickly began evacuating the store, in the event the suspect left an explosive device inside.

“In an abundance of caution, surrounding stores were contacted so they too could evacuate the premises,” said HCSO.

Upon arrival, deputies located the suspect outside the store; the suspect was immediately placed into custody.  A search of the suspect revealed no explosive and/or suspicious devices.

Deputies conducted a primary search of the store and found nothing. 

The second team of deputies conducted a secondary search of the store.  Additionally, deputies with drones conducted a thorough search of the roof. The secondary search, as well as a search of the roof revealed no danger.

The parking area was opened up and patrons and Publix associates were permitted to go back inside the store.

The suspect, identified as Andres Miguel Alonso, 22, was placed under arrest and charged with a False Report of a Bomb.

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