Berkeley man charged with sending false bomb to UCPD

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Michael Fleming, a 48-year-old Berkeley resident, was charged Monday by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for sending a false bomb, as first reported by Berkeleyside.

About 9:45 a.m. Dec. 28, a suspicious package was discovered in UCPD’s lobby, which is located in the basement of Sproul Hall, according to UCPD on-duty watch commander Sgt. Tommy Syto. Syto said the package was labeled as having a bomb inside and had anti-Semitic writings on it. UCPD’s on-duty bomb team examined the package but determined that it was not a bomb.

UCPD was able to identify the suspect through the building’s surveillance footage, according to Syto. Officers located and detained Fleming just after noon, near Durant and College avenues. Syto said Fleming made statements during the investigation that showed he was connected with the suspicious package, which led to his arrest.

Fleming is being held at Santa Rita Jail, according to Alameda County Inmate Locator. His plea hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11 about 9 a.m. in René C. Davidson Courthouse.

Amanda Bradford is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @amandabrad_uc.