On Saturday, police temporarily dispersed a crowd of concert goers in downtown Indianapolis after a man made a hoax bomb threat to get ahead of the line in a free performance with Doja Cat, according to reports.
A man, now in police custody, claimed to others that he had a bomb before 5 p.m., while queuing for a concert held as part of the festivities leading up to Monday’s national college football championship game, The Indianapolis Star reported. .
The crowd cleared for about 20 minutes, according to the newspaper.
“A fan wanted to advance in line, so he exercised very little judgment and told those around him that he had a bomb in his backpack,” Deputy Chief Joshua Barker said in a text message, according to the publication. “Someone did the right thing and alerted IMPD. The backpack was clean. “
On Twitter, the Minneapolis Metropolitan Police Department Announced officers arrested the man who witnesses said falsely claimed “had an explosive” and that the suspect had “unrelated outstanding warrants” for which he was also arrested. There was no real threat and the concert proceeded as usual, the police department said.
In recent days, thousands of people have flocked to Indianapolis ahead of the College Football Playoff national championship. In addition to the Grammy-nominated Doja Cat, pop band AJR performed Saturday night at Monument Circle amid chilly temperatures, according to reports.
The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will meet Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the national championship game.