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KCK man charged after bomb scare evacuates KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park

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A Kansas City, KS, man has been charged after a student in class said he had a bomb strapped to him at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS.

Richard Ellis, 63, has been charged with one count of felony aggravated criminal threat.

Overland Park police say they were informed a professor was taking attendance in a classroom when the student said they had a bomb. 

A second student called 911. 

Ellis was taken into custody at about 4:38 p.m. 

Kendra Kruse was in her abnormal psychology class when the alarm sounded, and her immediate belief was it was a fire drill.

“And then when they came on and said it was not a drill, yeah I shook a little bit," she said. “My teacher told us exactly where to go, where the closest door was, and we got out.”

She didn’t know until after she went back in that it was a bomb threat - from a student who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack.

There was no backpack, so they checked his car and swept the buildings before giving the all clear.

“When we made contact with the student, we knew that the threat was not credible, but at the same time, we were able to take him into custody," Officer John Lacy said. 

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