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Man pleads not guilty in Las Vegas mall terror case

June 8, 2018

FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Emile Daron Hopson, of Las Vegas. Hopson, who also spells his last name Hobson, pleaded not guilty Thursday, June 7, 2018, to a felony terrorism charge after his arrest May 17. He is accused of panicking people by donning a mask and carrying a replica assault-style rifle through the center court of a Las Vegas shopping mall. (Clark County Detention Center/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old Las Vegas man has pleaded not guilty to a felony terrorism charge after he was accused of panicking shoppers by donning a mask and carrying a replica AK-47 assault rifle through busy indoor shopping mall.

A judge on Thursday set a Feb. 25 trial date for Emile Hobson, who is being held on $300,000 bail at the Clark County jail following his May 17 arrest.

Hobson also uses the name Hopson. His court-appointed attorney, Daniel Bunin, declined comment Friday about the case.

Hundreds of people fled and police mounted an active-shooter response after witnesses reported a masked man walking with a weapon through the 140-store Boulevard Mall.

Hopson wasn’t found during a search of the mall. He was arrested at his nearby apartment a few hours later.

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