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Feds: Arrest made after hoax bomb threat in April resulted in evacuation of Statue of Liberty

  • FILE - In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Federal authorities say they've arrested a man for making the hoax bomb threat to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, resulting in an evacuation of Liberty Island. They say the West Virginia man has held in Texas. A complaint filed Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in federal court in New York says John Paul Smith identified himself as Abdul Yasin when he called 911 from his iPad on April 24. Yasin is the only conspirator not captured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

    FILE - In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Federal authorities say they've arrested a man for making the hoax bomb threat to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, resulting in an evacuation of Liberty Island. They say the West Virginia man has held in Texas. A complaint filed Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in federal court in New York says John Paul Smith identified himself as Abdul Yasin when he called 911 from his iPad on April 24. Yasin is the only conspirator not captured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo provided by the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office shows Jason Paul Smith, who said in a 911 call he was Abdul Yasin, was arrested in Lubbock, Texas, where he's charged with conveying false and misleading information and hoaxes, authorities said. Smith identified himself as a 1993 World Trade Center bombing conspirator and threatened to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, forcing the evacuation of Liberty Island, has been arrested, federal authorities announced Wednesday. (Lubbock County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo provided by the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office shows Jason Paul Smith, who said in a 911 call he was Abdul Yasin, was arrested in Lubbock, Texas, where he's charged with conveying false and misleading information and hoaxes, authorities said. Smith identified himself as a 1993 World Trade Center bombing conspirator and threatened to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, forcing the evacuation of Liberty Island, has been arrested, federal authorities announced Wednesday. (Lubbock County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Federal authorities say they've arrested a man for making a hoax bomb threat to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, resulting in an evacuation of Liberty Island. They say the West Virginia man has been held in Texas.

A complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in New York says John Paul Smith identified himself as Abdul Yasin when he called 911 from his iPad on April 24. Yasin is the only conspirator not captured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

More than 3,200 people were removed by boats following the call.

The complaint says Smith also made calls threatening to kill police officers at the Brooklyn Bridge and to bomb Times Square.

Court papers show Smith has been arrested for making such calls before. A federal public defender hasn't returned a message seeking comment on the case.