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Police arrest man in Slidell bomb scare

Princeton Hamilton, 21 (Slidell Police Department) Princeton Hamilton, 21 (Slidell Police Department)

Slidell, La.- Slidell Police arrested 21-year-old Princeton Hamilton for causing a bomb scare that forced authorities to evacuate the Wal-Mart near Gause Boulevard early Friday evening.

Around 5 p.m. Friday, a security officer working at Wal-Mart was alerted that a person had just run out of the store screaming, "There's a bomb in there!" 

Police say the person then sprinted across the parking lot and left the area.

Wal-Mart management was notified and decided to evacuate the entire building forcing hundreds of shoppers and employees out of the store, leaving everything behind.  Slidell Police officers checked the building to ensure everyone made it out safely. 

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office bomb dog was brought to Wal-Mart, but was unable to find any explosives inside of the building.  After approximately two hours, the store was reopened and everything returned to business as usual for the busy Slidell Wal-Mart.

Slidell Police were able to identify the person responsible as Hamilton after reviewing security footage from the store. 

Police say Hamilton and his unidentified girlfriend, got into an argument with Wal-Mart management over a return they were trying to make when Hamilton ran out of the store telling people about a bomb in the store. 

Investigators also discovered that Hamilton had recently applied for a job at the Slidell Wal-Mart and was scheduled to attend a new-hire orientation in the near future. 

 "I think it's safe to say that Mr. Hamilton will probably lose his opportunity to work for Wal-Mart," said Detective Daniel Seuzeneau, a spokesman for the Slidell Police Department.

Hamilton told detectives that it was a joke and attributed it to the fact that he was having a bad day. 

"This is probably the stupidest thing I've ever done," Hamilton told police.

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