A man was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats this week, after allegedly phoning in numerous bomb threats and harassing a Wilshire Avenue business owner.
Police said that Henry Michael Larrington, 67, threatened to kill and repeatedly harassed a print shop owner after an apparent disagreement over the price of a small printing job.
Larrington called dozens of times each day for more than two months, and once called 36 times within 45 minutes, police said. The suspect also allegedly phoned in nearly 20 bomb threats to a number of Los Angeles-area buildings, and, in an apparent attempt to harass his victim, falsely identified himself as the owner of the print shop.
"The bomb threats were an attempt to get back at her," said Los Angeles Police Det. Lawrence Garrett, who investigated the case. "This was one of the ways he was going to get her, by having the police respond to her location."
At one point, Larrington called Mayor Richard Riordan's office and threatened to kill the mayor, again identifying himself as the owner of the print shop, Garrett said.
Police bomb squad units responded to several of the threats, and numerous investigators were shifted off other assignments to track down the threats, police said.
"He caused us quite a bit of trouble," Garrett said.
Larrington was caught after police traced one of the threatening phone calls to a phone booth in Compton and found him there.
The disputed price of the printing job was about $5.45, police said.