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A man was arrested in Fullerton Thursday after he called his girlfriend to say he had stolen a car and there was a bomb inside, prompting an investigation by a sheriff’s bomb squad, which found no threat, police said.

Johnny Herrera, 19, of Fullerton, called his girlfriend about 4:10 p.m. as he was driving on the Riverside (91) Freeway, toward west Fullerton, said Fullerton police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel.

Police tried to get him to drive the white four-door sedan, which had been reported stolen in Fullerton on Wednesday, to a remote location, but he instead drove to a residential area in the 4000 block of Franklin Avenue, where officers arrived just as Herrera did, she said.

“Herrera remained inside of his vehicle, and refused to exit or comply with officers’ orders,” Hamel said.

Officers cordoned off the area while the bomb squad, which deployed a tactical vehicle and an explosives-detecting dog, checked the vehicle and surrounding area, Hamel said.

Police were about to evacuate homes in the area when the bomb squad gave the all clear, Hamel said.

Herrera was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and could face other charges, Hamel said.

City News Service

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