Assumption sheriff: Boy arrested in bomb threat

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested an 11-year-old boy accused of making a false bomb threat to a pharmacy that resulted in the evacuation of that store and neighboring businesses for about an hour, the Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.

Deputies and State Police were able to trace the call made to Assumption Pharmacy at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday after a store employee preserved the phone number on the caller identification system, deputies said in a news release.

State Police bomb technicians investigated the incident and cleared the scene, deputies said.

Deputies arrested the boy and booked him with one count of communication of false information of a planned arson.

The boy remained in custody Friday at the St. James Youth Detention Center near Donaldsonville, deputies said.

Deputies who interviewed the boy’s mother Tuesday afternoon also learned he admitted to using her telephone to make the threatening call, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A hearing on his detention is scheduled early next week, deputies said. School and truancy officials also were investigating why the boy was not in school Tuesday, deputies said.