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Police: Bomb threat over car repossession leads to arrest

A bomb threat at an auto dealership Thursday night led to the arrest of a Spokane Valley man, police said.

Damian C. Dunigan, 40, put a sign in the window of his 2007 Dodge Caliber stating there was a bomb inside and left it at the Dishman Dodge dealership at 7700 E. Sprague Ave. about 6:15 p.m., police said.

The threat was written on the back of repossession paperwork from Chrysler that police say he refused to complete at the dealership, according to a news release.

The document demanded “that Dunigan catch up on payments or turn the Caliber in to any Dodge or Chrysler dealership,” according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Police arrested Dunigan, who had a large knife, at his home in the 4200 block of North Vercler after a short standoff.

Dunigan’s wife told police he’d written the note a day earlier “because he felt Chrysler was cheating him,” police said.

Dunigan was booked into Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of making a bomb threat to injure persons or damage property.

The dealership closed an hour early so police could check for bombs. None was found.