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Suspect in Social Security bomb threat arrested

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The Social Security Administration building remained closed Monday afternoon after officials were allegedly threatened by a Dickson County man when he was denied continued assistance. (TMP Photo/M. Kemph)

Law enforcement officials have confirmed a 49-year-old man wanted out of Dickson County was taken into custody Monday morning after he allegedly threatened to blow up the U.S. Social Security Administration building in Murfreesboro.

The incident occurred just after 9 a.m. in the 2800 block of Saint Patrick Court.

Brian S. Bottoms Sr., who had an active warrant for failing to appear in Dickson County General Sessions Court on one count of driving with a revoked license, was arrested soon after local and federal authorities arrived at the scene.

Spencer Huck, who is the eldest of Bottoms’ sons, told the media his father allegedly threatened to “cause some destruction” after his Social Security assistance was canceled.

At the time of his arrest, Bottoms was on the domestic terrorist watch list for undisclosed reasons, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

Although authorities have not said why he is classified as a potential risk to national security, court documents show Bottoms was arrested in 1995 in connection with a kidnapping plot, which culminated with federal agents seizing pipe bombs and other related materials at his Nashville residence.

The investigation into the alleged Social Security Administration bomb threat has since been taken over by officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Police Department.

As of Monday evening, Bottoms had not been booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

"(Bottoms) has not been brought here," said Lisa Marchesoni, public information officer for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. "I do not know where federal agents will take him."

Federal authorities have not yet released information about where Bottoms is being held, nor have they discussed what charges he could face in connection with the incident.

This is the second time in less than a week government officials have received a bomb threat.

On Thursday, the Rutherford County Judicial Building was evacuated after an unidentified man threatened to bomb the courthouse, as well as kill Circuit Court Judge Don R. Ash.

However, officials have not said whether they believe the two incidents are related.

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