ALPHARETTA - His first call told police about the threat. His last call concerned the customers and workers at the North Point Mall.
Alpharetta police have released the 911 tapes of calls made by Omari Riden on Friday, when he threatened the mall with a bomb and led to an evacuation.
"I lost my wife and I'm out here at the mall with a bomb in my book bag," Riden tells a 911 operator. "I lost everything I had."
The operator tries to keep Riden calm, but he tells her that there is an explosive device in the building and police need to get there and get people out.
"Where is the bomb?" the operator asks Riden.
"That's your job to find out," he says.
Riden repeats how he lost his family, then says ominously, "You need to bring your a** out here or else everybody is going to die."
That call was made to 911 just before the mall opened for business and prompted an evacuation that lasted hours.
Riden did call 911 back, about an hour later, this time expressing his concerns for the people who were there.
"Did you get everybody out of that damn mall?" he shouts at the operator.
Alpharetta police declared the all clear at about two Friday afternoon, ending an evacuation that lasted hours.
In the meantime police used Riden's calls to triangulate where he was and make an arrest.
Detectives say the 28-year-old confessed to what he did, breaking down and crying during his confession. The motive is still not known.
Riden is facing serious charges including making a terroristic threat, filing a false 911 claim and making a false alarm.