NEWMAN LAKE, Wash. -- A man faces felony charges for allegedly leaving a suspicious device, believed to be a bomb, in a Newman Lake mailbox.
A man in his 70s told police that his son’s friend, 26-year-old Jacob Mahoney, repeatedly threatened him early Tuesday afternoon. He reported the threats to police around 12:40 p.m.
Amidst the threats, the suspect allegedly told the man he would leave a bomb in his mailbox in the 18700 block of North Thompson Creek Road.
The victim does not have a mailbox but checked his neighbors’ boxes to be safe. He eventually found what appeared to be sticks of dynamite wrapped in a note a little more than two hours later in one of them. The device was attached to a battery and wiring. The sheriff’s office and Liberty Lake Police Department both responded and forced one household to evacuate.
The bomb squad determined this was not a bomb, and they arrested Mahoney around 6:30 p.m. Neighbors said their block was the last place they would expect to see the bomb squad.
“This is definitely wildnerness area. It's moutainous, it's beautiful, there's a lot of wildlife,” said Roy Hollensworth, “That's very spooky. The people I confront in this area when I'm driving are waving and are cheerful.”
Mahoney was charged with harassment with threat to kill and malicious placement of an imitation device. Mahoney could be federally charged to for what the deputies call an elaborate hoax designed to scare the victim.