The Latest: Vegas police ID man arrested after mall scare

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The Latest on the arrest of a man who police say wore a mask and carried a fake rifle into a shopping mall several miles east of the Las Vegas Strip (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Police have identified a 25-year-old man arrested on a felony terrorist threat charge after witnesses say he wore a mask and carried a replica of an assault-style rifle into a shopping mall near his home several miles east of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Boulevard Mall was evacuated and searched by heavily armed police before Emile Daren Hopson was arrested late Thursday.

The gun was not real and Deputy Police Chief Chris Jones said Friday that Hopson made no verbal threats, no shots were fired and no one was injured before he fled the mall about 7 p.m.

Officers in tactical gear with police dogs searched the 140-store mall, where employees identified Hopson from previous visits. He was arrested more than three hours later at his apartment nearby.

Jones says authorities found a mask, clothing and the replica rifle at the apartment complex.


1:45 a.m.

Las Vegas police say officers have arrested a masked man at a mall, which had been evacuated after reports of a gunman. However, police say the gun appears to be a fake.

Metro Police Deputy Chief Chris Jones says no shots were fired at the Boulevard Mall and no injuries have been reported.

Jones says the department obtained a video of a person with a long gun Thursday and conducted several searches of the mall before finding the suspect.

Authorities did not immediately release the man's identity.