D.C. Man Accused of Threatening Harm to Amtrak Bridge

Two threats delayed trains

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    A Washington man is facing charges after allegedly twice threatening to bomb an Amtrak bridge in the city.

    A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 27-year-old Michael Jerome Dennis. Dennis was arrested Thursday following an investigation. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him when he made his first appearance in court Friday and was released on high-intensity supervision pending a hearing May 11.

    On Nov. 30, 2011, and Jan. 19, 2012, Dennis used a cell phone to call in threats to bomb an Amtrak bridge in Washington just north of Union Station, prosecutors said. As a result of the threats, a number of Amtrak trains were delayed.

    Dennis faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.