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Columbia man indicted for fake bomb threats on local Burger King, church

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A Columbia man accused of calling in fake bomb threats to a Columbia Burger King and a California church, in addition to allegedly harrassing a Laurel church, has been indicted by a Howard County grand jury.

Forrest Dimond, 54, of the 4800 block of Circling Hunter Street, faces three charges of threatening to explode a destructive device, three charges of falsely stating the location of a destructive device, and other charges, after police used cell phone records to trace his phone to the November threats.

Dimond, who was indicted last week, called the Burger King, located in the 8800 block of Centre Park Drive, three times in the span of six days, twice reporting false bomb threats.

Police said on Nov. 6 a person called and said "there is a bomb in the restaurant and police will surround the building in eight minutes."

The employee who answered the phone recognized the man's voice as a man named "Forrest," who she said frequents the restaurant.

Three days later, the Burger King and other surrounding businesses were evacuated after an employee received a second call from the same number stating, "There is a bomb within the establishment. Allah Akbar."

In both incidents, no bomb was found in the restaurant. 

On Nov. 12, the restaurant received a third call from the same number stating "Allah Akbar."

Police also said telephone records revealed that the same number called Calvary Chapel in Santa Ana, Calif., 60 times between Nov. 3 and Nov. 13. 

Santa Ana police were called to the church on Nov. 8 for a bomb threat, according to the charging documents, after they received a voice message stating someone placed a bomb in the church in "the name of Allah."

Staff at the church said they believe the call was from Dimond, who had frequently called the church numerous times over the last year, Howard police said.

On Nov. 9, Howard police received a report from Calvary Church in North Laurel stating that Dimond, a former parishioner, had phoned and emailed threats to the church, and it's headquarters in Santa Ana for the last year. 

According to the charging documents, the pastor of the church said Dimond would pose as a FBI Agent with an arrest warrant for two of the pastors. 

The pastor said the common thread among the threats was references to discrimination against Dimond. 

Dimond is scheduled to appear in court on Mar. 1, 2013.  

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