Palm Coast man arrested in bomb hoax

Deputies: Man posted threat on Facebook to blow up neighborhood, school

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Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Benjamin Perrine

PALM COAST, Fla. - A 43-year-old Palm Coast man who apparently was upset about his lost dog was arrested early Wednesday morning after he posted a threat on Facebook to blow up his neighborhood and Buddy Taylor Middle School, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Benjamin Perrine was being held in the Flagler County Inmate Facility on a charge of a false report of planting a bomb. He was arrested by deputies just after midnight at his home.

"We responded quickly to this threat," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald Fleming. "Deputies were at the man's house within minutes of being notified. The house was thoroughly searched and no explosives were found."

At the sheriff's request, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office sent a bomb sniffing dog to the school as a precautionary measure. No explosives were found. Perrine lives in the area of the middle school, so all precautions were taken, the sheriff said.

The Sheriff's Office said it received a call that Perrine had posted the threat saying he had the plastic explosive C-4 and was going to blow up his neighborhood and the school. When deputies arrived at his home, they found Perrine unresponsive. He did not answer the door as deputies tried several times to make contact with him.

Deputies said they could see the man sitting slouched on his couch with his feet on a table and his eyes closed.

Deputies said they entered the home through an unlocked rear door and immediately checked on Perrine's condition. After several attempts to wake him, Perrine finally responded and became hostile while deputies were there, according to the Sheriff's Office.

He said he was upset because his dog was missing and he thought someone had killed it, according to deputies. They said he further told them he didn't care about any of his neighbors and was tired of having law enforcement called to his home for noise complaints.

Deputies searched his home for explosives and none were found.

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