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Joking Text Message by Woman Released from Jury Duty Brings Bomb Response

Posted Jun 14, 2012 7:52 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Houston woman released from jury duty on Tuesday sent her co-worker a joking text message that provoked a serious response.

Cynthia Ann Creed, 51, was charged with giving a false report as a result of this text message: "Call the courthouse (1201 Congress) Tell them there is a bomb ... Pleeese.” Thirteen minutes later, police say, Creed sent a second text message to the co-worker saying she was just kidding. The Houston Chronicle and Click2Houston.com have stories.

The second message came too late. The co-worker had already notified police, who responded by clearing the jury room and using bomb-sniffing dogs to search for explosives.

The Chronicle spoke to Harris County Precinct 1 Assistant Chief J.C. Mosier about the incident. "I am flabbergasted," he said. "I don't know what in the world she was thinking. This is the kind of thing you expect from a 17-year-old teenager, not a 51-year-old woman."

Hat tip to the Texas Lawyer's Tex Parte Blog.

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