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March 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Police: Man threatens to blow himself up at Sea-Tac Airport

A Bothell man has been ordered held for investigation in lieu of $30,000 bail after he was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for allegedly threatening to blow himself up with a homemade bomb, according to King County prosecutors.

Just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, the man called 911 from a pay phone outside an airport coffee shop and told the operator he had 8 to 10 pounds of homemade explosives taped to his chest, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against him. He asked the operator the time and was told it was 1:07 p.m. The man then said he’d blow himself up at 1:30 p.m., the statement says.

The man then hung up the phone.

Port of Seattle police responded and confronted the man, who again claimed he had a bomb, according to the statement. He was taken into custody, the statement says. No bomb was found.

Police say the 46-year-old man – whose occupation is listed as fisherman – later told officers he made the bomb threat because he was desperate and wanted to go to federal prison, the statement says.

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