SPOKANE, Wash. – A judge set bail on Wednesday afternoon at $10,000 for the man accused of creating a bomb scare at the Hilton Garden Inn Tuesday morning.
Authorities said around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a report of a bomb threat at the hotel near Spokane International Airport. Investigators were told a man had entered the hotel earlier that morning and wandered around the lobby for several hours. Officials said the man, later identified as David J. Maslo, 44, was told to leave the property for being disruptive. When the man eventually left, witnesses said Maslo indicated that there was a bomb in the backpack he had left in the lobby of the building.
As a precaution, guests at the hotel were evacuated while a bomb squad was called in to investigate. Technicians inspected the backpack and found there were no explosives inside, according to police.
Police said officers located the suspect at a restaurant near the hotel. They arrested Maslo and booked him into the Spokane County Jail for Threats to Bomb or Injure Property.
Upon further investigation, Spokane Police Department officers said they learned Maslo had a flight reservation earlier in the day. However, he was asked to leave and escorted out of the airport due to disruptive behavior according to officers. He was contacted by Airport Police and left the location.