Live Oak > False Bomb Threat Results in Arrest

| June 21, 2015

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LIVE OAK — The newly opened Ameris Bank branch in Live Oak was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon, June 17, after a Lake City man threatened to blow up the institute along with its Lake City branches, according to Live Oak and Lake City officials. The Ameris Bank locations opened on Monday after transitioning from Bank of America branches.

According to LCPD, Christopher Charles Ruzzo, 48, reportedly called Ameris Bank’s customer service line on his cell phone and issued the bomb threat seemingly out of frustration.

“I was upset and told them I would blow the place up,” Ruzzo said during a police interview.

Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams said no explosives were found at the Live Oak branch after police evacuated the building around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. LCPD officials likewise found no explosives in the Lake City branches. No injuries were reported in either jurisdiction and bank operations have since returned to normal.

Ruzzo was arrested for threatening to bomb and was placed under a $5,000 bond.

Suwanee Democrat

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