A man from Melbourne, Australia, who allegedly used an Internet blog to threaten violence at the Grove shopping mall has been arrested by authorities in Australia.
The Victoria Police Force has charged Jarrad Willis, 20, with "creating a false belief," a violation of Australian law, Los Angeles Police Department officials said Friday. "The suspect did not have any operational capacity to carry out his threat," said LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing. "There was never any real threat to the Grove, and there is no ongoing threat."
Willis never entered the United States, officials said.
-- Andrew Blankstein