Man arrested, charged in connection to bomb threat at Ramsey County Courthouse

A St. Paul man has been arrested and charged in connection with a bomb threat at the Ramsey County Courthouse last week.

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 30-year-old Dolores Christopher Alvarado is charged with felony threats of violence with the intent to terrorize.

Last Monday, authorities responded to a report of a suspicious package at the courthouse at about 7 a.m. The sheriff’s office said the device was designed to look like an improvised explosive device and was apparently placed at the courthouse to terrorize people.

The device led officials to temporarily evacuate and close the courthouse, as well as set up a perimeter around the building and divert traffic.

The St. Paul Police Bomb Unit and St. Paul Fire officials were able to recover the package, which "had various liquids, pressure plate, and wiring coming from the device," according to charging documents.

The sheriff’s office says Alvarado later admitted to constructing and placing the device because he "had issues with Ramsey County."

Alvarado remained at the Ramsey County jail Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail for charges related to this incident and past warrants from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.