Man charged in fake bomb threat near Obama home

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Saturday, August 1, 2015
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Police believe Marquez Hassell left a suspicious package near President Obama's house in Chicago.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man was charged Friday with faking a bomb threat near President Barack Obama's Chicago home.

A Cook County judge ordered 20-year-old Marquez Hassell held in lieu of bond.

Police cleared the area around the Obamas' Kenwood neighborhood home Thursday when someone found a suspicious backpack.

A bomb squad opened the bag, but didn't find any explosives.

Hassell faces a felony charge for leaving that backpack.