Lebanon Police on Thursday afternoon arrested the man suspected of making threats that led to the evacuation of the Lebanon Walmart on Wednesday night.

Samuel Ayres, 19, of Albany, was arrested in a high-risk takedown near Denny School Road and Highway 34 just before 1 p.m., after a traffic stop revealed Ayres as the passenger in the vehicle.

Lebanon Police Chief Frank Stevenson said he and his officers worked through the night to locate Ayres.

Police evacuated the store late Wednesday evening after Ayres allegedly sent what officers termed "very serious threats" to several employees, after becoming distraught over a recent break-up with a store employee. As a precaution, officers evacuated and secured the Walmart in response to fears that the man had allegedly entered the store with a gun.

Officers charged Ayres with unlawful use of a firearm, disorderly conduct, domestic harassment, and menacing. He will be transported to the Linn County Jail.

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