A father and son are under arrest after a device that looked like a “military-grade” bomb was found in the cafeteria of a boarding school, reports KKTV.
The 46-year-old father and IT director at the school, Bryan Bolding, and his unnamed 16-year-old son were arrested Tuesday for charges including possession and use of a hoax incendiary device, terrorist training activities, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, conspiracy, attempting to influence a public servant, reckless endangerment, child abuse without injury and several counts of felony menacing.
According to El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby, the device was a fake but sparked a campus-wide evacuation at the Fountain Valley School lasting over five hours. The all-clear was given around 8 p.m.
The device looked real enough that an explosive expert who saw a photo of it said it looked genuine.
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Bolding’s son initially told investigators during questioning that he was unaware of the incident, but he eventually told all after being presented with witness accounts and other specific information. He said his father taught him two weeks prior how to make the devices.
The original plan was to detonate a device at graduation and fill the tent with smoke but plans changed and they decided to put it in the cafeteria instead to cause “terror and panic.”
Bolding’s son said that the two had a remote detonator for the device and meant to set it off, but it failed to do so.
The father did the same as his son and initially told police that he didn’t know anything about the plans, but ended up admitting to planning it all a few weeks prior.
Bolding learned in February that his employment contract with the school was expiring and that it would not be renewed.
Bolding was being held at the El Paso County jail but posted bond at $3,000 sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Kirby said a smoke bomb that was detonated near a Sonic and Gold’s Gym on Monday was found to be connected to the device found in the cafeteria. The bomb was said to be a dry run for Tuesday.
[Feature Photo: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office]