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WATCH: Man arrested following bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of a Walmart in Fountain

Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 10:48 AM MDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2022 at 4:36 PM MDT
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FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - A man hauling a black plastic bag created a scare at the Walmart in Fountain Wednesday morning.

The suspect walked into the McDonald’s on Highway 85/87 just before 9:30 a.m. and warned employees not to go outside because he was carrying a bomb, then crossed the street to the Walmart. The Fountain Police Department is reporting the first officer arrived to the scene within five minutes of the call.

“The McDonald’s employees called 911,” Fountain police Cmdr. Mark Cristiani told reporters. “Our officers got here really quick, within five minutes. Two of our officers spotted the suspect in the parking lot in between the McDonald’s and Walmart. He looked like he was going into the Walmart.”

Just before walking into the building, the suspect saw police and ran.

“He dropped the bag he said he had the bomb in,” Cristiani said. “At that point, our officers gave foot chase as he ran away from us and tackled him several yards from where the bomb was supposed to be.”

Police say he never got into the Walmart.

With the suspect safely in custody, the Walmart was evacuated and a Colorado Springs Police Department bomb team was called to assist. Watch the raw video at the top of this page to see robots and a technician go through the bag.

The bag had “random things in it,” Cristiani said -- but no bomb.

The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Robert Mark Lantz of Fountain. Lantz is being charged with false report of explosives, a felony along with two misdemeanor charges.

At about 11:50 a.m. a second bomb threat was called into a Family Dollar store at 6960 Mesa Ridge Parkway. Police say that as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, no suspects have been identified in that threat that was deemed not credible.

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