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19-Year-Old from Amsterdam Detained Over Bomb Threat at Schenectady Casino, According to Police


SCHENECTADY — In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Schenectady law enforcement apprehended a 19-year-old⁢ from Amsterdam, who is suspected of making a fraudulent bomb threat to Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady.

The suspect, Shenel Rexha, was taken into custody and slapped with a felony charge of second-degree false reporting of an incident. The arrest was made possible through the combined efforts of Schenectady police ​and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 2:08 a.m. on Tuesday, police were alerted to​ the bomb threat made to the casino staff. This⁣ prompted an immediate response.

The casino’s gaming floor and The Landing ‌Hotel were swiftly evacuated. Police then brought in explosive-detecting dogs to thoroughly search ⁤the premises.

By 4 a.m., the site was declared safe and guests were allowed to return to the property, according ​to the police.

In a statement, the Schenectady Police Department expressed gratitude to the security staff‍ at Rivers Casino and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for their invaluable assistance during the incident. They further ⁣assured that the‌ casino‌ and all related properties are operating normally‍ and no credible threat was found during the investigation.

Following a detailed investigation into the source of the bomb threat, Schenectady detectives⁣ were able ‌to identify the suspect who allegedly made the false threat.

Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton, a skillful journalist previously based in Boston, is adept at covering a diverse array of stories. Her thorough and engaging reporting style, honed with a Master's in Journalism from Boston University, focuses on community-relevant stories.
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