Suspect arrested after bomb threat
A man was jailed Friday on allegations that he fought with patrons after making a bomb threat inside the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office branch in Clifton, prompting a brief evacuation of the facility.
Derrold McClanahan, 46, 526 Centennial Road, tried to run away after being restrained on the ground by a bystander as he yelled obscenities with slurred speech outside Peach Tree Shopping Center, 3225 Interstate 70 Business Loop, according to an arrest affidavit.
He was eventually arrested, but not before allegedly kicking a deputy in the leg.
A witness said McClanahan was being loud and making obscene statements inside the clerk’s office, then tried to fight at least one patron after being told to leave, the affidavit said.
Tellers pushed a panic alarm and evacuated the office after McClanahan allegedly claimed there was a bomb inside the building. Nothing suspicious was found.
A deputy noted a strong odor of alcohol on McClanahan’s breath. the affidavit said.
McClanahan was booked on suspicion of second-degree assault on a peace officer, attempted third-degree assault, obstructing government operations, resisting arrest and false reporting of an explosive.
He was expected to be released from the Mesa County Jail on Monday after County Judge Gretchen Larson set a $7,500 personal-recognizance bond.