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Man steals rainbow flags, threatens to bomb multiple locations targeting LGBTQ community: Cops

Authorities in California arrested a man on suspicion of threatening and intimidating members of the LGBTQ community and others.

According to KRON, Vincent Joseph O’Sullivan was arrested on Saturday and linked to the recent string of alleged criminal behavior.

Reports indicate he was booked into Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility later the same day with bail set at $50,000.

The 55-year-old Guerneville man is accused of stealing a rainbow flag, which is often used to symbolize LGBTQ pride, from an area chamber of commerce location late last month.

When the flag was replaced a short time later, police say O’Sullivan stole that one on May 5.

O’Sullivan is further accused of threatening to detonate multiple pipe bombs at targets in the city.

Investigators say he indicated he would bomb a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department substation and a Safeway supermarket.

The suspect is accused of plotting to both build and detonate the explosive devices himself.

His alleged motive in planning the attacks was to injure members of the LGBTQ community at botht he Safeway and the law enforcement station.

According to KGO, O’Sullivan is expected to face felony hate crime counts associated with making threats and three misdemeanor theft charges.

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