Suspect Arrested in Madison Bomb Threat

A Madison man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a bomb threat Sunday afternoon that disrupted a town Republican fundraiser featuring Senate candidate Linda McMahon.

James Byrne, 70, of 34 Hotchkiss Lane, was charged with first-degree threatening, falsely reporting an incident, and second-degree breach of peace. He was released on a written promise to appear in court in New Haven on September 28.

Police say they received a call at about 4:35 p.m. Sunday saying their was a bomb in the 554 Boston Post Road home of Republican Town Committee Chairman Tom Banish where the fundraiser was being held. Madison Police and the Connecticut State Police bomb Squad responded to the scene, and the approximately 50 attendees were evacuated to the town green, where the event continued.

The Post Road was blocked off at both ends of the green for several hours, until the bomb threat was determined to be false.

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