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Man arrested for making bomb threat at Spokane hotel

David James Maslo, 44, said backpack contained explosive device, witnesses say

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a hotel near Spokane International Airport on Tuesday morning and placed a 44-year-old man behind bars.

David James Maslo was booked into Spokane County Jail just before 5 p.m. Tuesday on a felony charge of threatening to detonate an explosive device. Maslo had been asked to leave the The Hilton Garden Inn by employees, who said he was being disruptive.

He left paperwork on a backpack on a table as he left the building, according to court documents. “Go ahead and keep the backpack, it’s got a (expletive) bomb in it,” witnesses said he told hotel staff.

The alleged threat, which came one year to the day after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, prompted an evacuation of the building. The Spokane Police bomb squad arrived, but no explosives were found.

Maslo was arrested at a nearby restaurant. According to court documents, he was contacted by police walking back into the parking lot of the hotel shortly after the threat was cleared.

Police said Maslo had reserved a flight at the airport earlier in the day, but had been asked to leave for disruptive behavior.

Maslo has no other listed criminal history in Washington state. He is scheduled to appear in court on the charge this afternoon.

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