Anthony Shearer and Cynthia Spade were charged Thursday with felony false threat of bomb in East Lansing.

Shearer is also charged with misdemeanor of driving with a suspended license.

According to police, Shearer and Spade were spotted on MSU's campus Wednesday, and were reported to police as panhandlers.

One of the MSU Police officers saw their car on campus, got Shearer's information, and returned to his vehicle.

That's when the bomb threat came in.

Police say Spade admitted to calling in a false bomb threat to Spartan Stadium to distract police in the area from arresting them.

Shearer has an extensive criminal record with three felony charges, including two larceny charges and escape.

Spade had a warrant for her arrest for failure to pay fines and costs on retail fraud in Eaton County.

"I didn't know what was going on," Shearer said. "I've been staying out of trouble and trying to do what I have to do in my life to stay out of trouble and get my life together.

Shearer's bond is set at $75,000, Spade's at $50,000. Neither are allowed to enter the MSU campus without permission of the court, or the bond will be revoked.

They face a possible penalty of up to four years in prison or a fine of up to two thousand dollars.

Police say the threat came over the phone around 3:15 p.m., Wednesday. Hundreds of MSU employees inside the stadium were then forced to drop everything and leave. Nearby buildings, like Central Services, were also emptied.

Watch the full report tonight at 6 p.m. on WILX.


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