Police: Man threatened to kill himself, blow up Capitol

NM Capitol
New Mexico Capitol was evacuated after officials received threatening phone calls.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Authorities evacuated the New Mexico Capitol after receiving threatening phone calls Monday.

State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the evacuation Monday was ordered around 12:30 p.m. after two threatening phone calls were made by a male caller.

Police says the man called the Governor’s office and said he was going to kill himself at the capitol building and leave a package there. It was later determined that the same caller had called several dispatch centers and media outlets and informing them of his plans.

The caller was later identified as 48-year-old Matthew Pacheco. He was located at Walgreens in Taos, New Mexico.

Pacheco was arrested and charged with making a bomb threat, use of telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten harass, annoy or offend. Harassment and interference with members of staff or the general public.

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