FOUNTAIN, Colo. — The Fountain Police Department (FPD) arrested a man who threatened a Walmart with a bomb Wednesday morning.
Just before 9:30 a.m., employees from a McDonalds inside the Walmart near Highway 85 were threatened with an alleged bomb in a bag from a suspicious caller outside the store.
An FPD officer arrived within minutes after the call was received, and located the suspect matching the description walking towards the Walmart, carrying a large black duffle bag. The officer ordered the man to drop the bag, at which time the suspect dropped the bag on the sidewalk in front of Walmart and fled on foot. After a short foot chase, the officer tackled the suspect and took him into custody.
The store was evacuated and was closed for approximately two and a half hours during the incident.
A bomb squad from the Colorado Springs Police Department was called in to assess the contents of the trash bag, which were determined to be clothes and did not contain a bomb.
According to a press release from FPD, the suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Robert Mark Lantz of Fountain, and is being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on charges of false reporting of explosives, false reporting to authorities, and obstructing a police officer.