State Police arrest man who threatened to blow up Capitol building

Updated: 07/29/2014 11:44 AM | Created: 07/28/2014 10:32 PM
By: staff

The man who prompted an evacuation of New Mexico's Capitol building was arrested by state police in Taos.

State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said Matthew Pacheco, 48, called the governor's office threatening suicide at the Capitol and said he was going to leave a package at the building.

The evacuation was ordered around 12:30 p.m. and remained in effect the rest of the day.

He also called several media outlets with his plan and made a call to the Santa Fe Regional Dispatch Center threatening to blow up the Capitol building , state police said.

He was later arrested at a Walgreens in Taos.

Pacheco has been charged with making a bomb scare, use of telephone to harass and interference with members of staff or general public.

The governor was not in the Capitol during the threat, a spokesperson said.

The Legislative Council Service said the Capitol will reopen to the public on Tuesday.

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