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Updated: 10/02/2013 5:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Airport authorities say there have been two arrests stemming from the evacuation and bomb scare at Jacksonville International Airport, according to airport spokesman Michael Stewart.

Zeljko Causevic, 39, is facing charges for a false report of a bomb and manufacturing, possessing or selling a hoax bomb.

A judge set his bail for a total of $1 million on both charges.  He will be back in court on Oct. 23.

Investigators say Causevic was in a security checkpoint area and said, "I got a bomb in here."  According to the report, the suspect said that inside his camouflage backpack he had a device which he said was "supposed to be a bomb, but it's not."  Police say he described the device as a luggage scale, containing two flat round batteries and a microchip.

The device had to be rendered safe by the bomb squad.

Authorities also found a cellphone which Causevic described to police as a remote-controlled detonator.

The police report stated the Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed Causevic before his arrest.

Investigators are not sure if Causevic was flying out of JIA.  Police confiscated his black Honda motorcycle as evidence.

Police arrested Manuel Rivera, 35, for acting suspiciously and resisting arrest near the airport parking garage.  Investigators say he's not connected to the bomb hoax scare.  Rivera is from Illinois.

Rivera is being held without bond.  A hearing for probable cause has been set for Thursday afternoon.

The man shown on video being removed from a flight was not arrested.  He was interviewed and let go.  Stewart said the pilot was being extra cautious.

The airport terminal was evacuated around 6 p.m. Tuesday because of a report of two suspicious packages. 

The airport was reopened to travelers and workers just after 11 p.m on Tuesday. 

Most passengers who were stuck last night have been reunited with their luggage.  There are still some bags at the airport waiting for their owners.

Stewart said security is back to normal at the airport.

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Background on suspect

Police are at the home of Zeljko Causevic on Miata Court.
Police are at the home of Zeljko Causevic on Miata Court.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Property records show Zeljko Causevic lives in a home on Miata Court.

Police responded to that home late Tuesday night but officers would not say why.

A neighbor told Action News police had been to Causevic's home before because the couple had been having problems.

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Patrick James - 10/4/2013 1:32 PM
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One question about the suspect: Any Islamic connection?

billytee - 10/2/2013 2:49 PM
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Exactly warpsix....more wasted money from idiots!!!! Getting a little tired of these people. These people need to pay society!!! As far as I know, they just sit in jail eating three meals a day and better healthcare than the average citizen. Enough!!! Capital punishment needs to make a strong come back. It's the only way.

warpsix - 10/2/2013 2:46 PM
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How much did this cost?

abjames28 - 10/2/2013 10:59 AM
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So let me get this straight they found a device that had to be taken off site and be rendered safe but it was fake and all a Hoax and 3 people were involved one has a russian name?
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