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Portland Police Arrest Norwegian Citizen in Connection with Email Threats

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland Police say they've arrested a 28-year-old citizen of Norway in connection with email threats to kill officers using explosives and high powered rifles.  

Portland officers and the FBI took Espen Brungodt into custody today at around 1 p.m. at the Residence Inn in Portland.  

The threats led to the temporary closure of a parking garage near the police station and evacuation of the Cumberland County Courthouse.

In a statement, department officials say Brungodt entered the U.S. through Boston on July 26th and was traveling with family members.  Authorities says there is no indication that the family was aware of Brungodt's actions. 

Police say Brungodt was not armed and offered no resistance when taken into custody.  He remains at the Cumberland County Jail and is facing federal charges of transmitting threatening communications.