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Threat made about two hours before tipoff

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- A 41-year-old man was charged Sunday
with calling in a fake bomb threat at The Palace two hours before
Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

David Mathew-Anthony Demeres was charged with two felonies --
making a false report of terrorism and making a false report of a
bomb threat, police said. He was arraigned Sunday and released on
$15,000 cash bond.

Demeres is from Lapeer, about 25 miles from Auburn Hills. There
was no telephone listing for him in the area.

The threat was made before Saturday night's game between the
Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat. The caller said a bomb would go off
if the game were played. Police said security measures implemented
after similar cases this season helped identify the suspect.

Earlier this season, the start of a Detroit-Indiana game was
delayed almost 90 minutes after a caller said there was a bomb in
the Pacers' locker room. No bomb was found. Other threats were
called in that night to police and The Palace switchboard after
news of the first threat was broadcast.

On Saturday, the Pistons won 91-66 to force Game 7 Monday night
in Miami.