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Maywood man charged for bomb threat at Brookfield retirement community

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 3:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 4:29 p.m. CDT
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Michael R. Phipps, 21, of the 1800 block of South Seventh Avenue, Maywood, was charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

BROOKFIELD – A Maywood man has been charged with a felony for a bomb threat on Monday evening at a Brookfield retirement community, police reported.

Michael R. Phipps, 21, of the 1800 block of South Seventh Avenue, Maywood, was charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

According to police, at 8:15 p.m. Monday, residents at the Woodlands House at Cantata Adult Life Services, in the 3000 block of McCormick Lane, had to leave their rooms and head to the basement after Phipps allegedly signed in at the complex's front desk and wrote "bomb" as the reason for his visit.

Phipps was a food service employee at the retirement community, Brookfield police said. He told police he signed in with a fake name and wrote the threat because he was bored while waiting for his ride home.

"In this day and age, you can't do these things," Brookfield Police Lt. Ed Petrak said. "We're going to take that seriously and it requires a big response."

After the threat, police from several area departments and the Cook County Bomb Squad checked the building and determined it was safe, and residents were able to return to their room.

"Moving those residents could have had consequences that I don't think he initially considered," Petrak said.

According to police, Phipps was out on bond on a drug related offense at the time of his arrest, and was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet.

Phipps was denied bond when he appeared at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood for a bond hearing Wednesday morning.

Matthew Hendrickson contributed reported to this article.

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