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Teen Arrested After Wearing What Appeared To Be Suicide Bomber Vest In Ventura County Mall

A teen is in big trouble in Ventura County, after police say he walked around a mall wearing a vest with wires hanging out, which made it look like he was a suicide bomber.

Simi Valley Police received numerous 911 calls Sunday afternoon about a young man in the Simi Valley Town Center behaving suspiciously.

Callers told police besides wearing the vest, the teen carried a suspicious looking briefcase. They say he would periodically set it down on the ground, and run away as if it were a bomb.

Employees at one business closed their doors, and triggered their burglar alarm to alert police. Officers got to the mall quickly and determined it was a hoax.

They took two teens into custody. The 17 year old boy wearing the vest was arrested on criminal threat, and false bomb threat charges.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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