Boston federal courthouse evacuated due to bomb threat, police say

Threat comes amid reports of suspect arrest

BOSTON - Workers are returning to a Boston federal courthouse that had been evacuated because of a bomb threat amid reports of a breakthrough in the marathon bombings investigation.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington says the courthouse was evacuated due to a bomb threat. Spokeswoman Nikki Credic-Barrett says authorities conducted a security sweep.

Court workers are now going back inside the building, about an hour after the evacuation.

Attorney Francis DiMento says he was in a hearing when someone came over the loudspeaker and announced a "code red" and told everyone to get out in a hurry.

Dozens of media members had gathered at the courthouse after media reports that a suspect in the bombing was in custody and was being taken to the courthouse.

Several media outlets had reported earlier in the day that a suspect was identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the sites of the two bomb blasts.

However, federal officials and the Boston Police Department denied that a suspect was apprehended.

Three people were killed and more than 170 were wounded after two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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