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Teen used fake Middle Eastern accent to phone in bomb threat on gay bar

Teen used fake Middle Eastern accent to phone in bomb threat on gay bar

A student used a Middle Eastern accent to call in a fake bomb threat | Photo: Melbourne Police

Police say a teen used a Middle Eastern accent to phone in a fake bomb threat on a gay bar.

Student Randolph Goodwin was arrested on 31 January.

He was charged with making a false report of a bomb at the Twisted Rooster bar in Melbourne, Florida.

Fake bomb threat on gay bar in Florida

West Melbourne police responded a short time later and evacuated the business.

They also used police dogs to search the premises for any explosives.

None were found, according to Florida Today.

Detectives tracked down Goodwin using phone records.

Goodwin then claimed it was a prank, according to police.

Police said a caller, identified as Goodwin, called using a Middle Eastern accent. He then allegedly asked an employee if the venue was a ‘gay bar’.

The employee responded to the caller, saying: ‘Yes, we are a no labels bar.’

The caller then screamed he was going to ‘blow up the bar’, and hung up.

Pulse: One of the worst mass shootings in US history

It was only two-and-a-half years ago when a mass shooting in a gay bar in Orlando, Florida shocked the world.

Omar Mateen, 29, entered Pulse nightclub in the early hours of 12 June and embarked on a deadly rampage. He killed 49 and left 53 others injured. He died at the scene when shot by police. At the time, it was the worst mass shooting in US history.

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Since that time, further mass shootings have rocked Florida. Earlier this year, 17 died at the a hands of a shooter at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.