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Man with fake bomb arrested after long California standoff

February 17, 2019

COLTON, Calif. (AP) — A man who claimed to have a bomb at a Southern California shopping center was arrested after an hours-long standoff during which authorities finally convinced him to strip off his clothes and surrender.

Police say the suspect was found to have a pellet gun and a fake bomb made from non-explosive material after the arrest around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Colton, east of Los Angeles.

Officers set up a perimeter around 4:30 p.m. after the man was reported for suspicious behavior. A bomb squad used robots to investigate and engage the suspect, who was acting erratically.

Eventually he stripped to his shirt and boxer shorts and got on the ground.

The San Bernardino Sun says the man, who was not identified, was admitted to a mental health facility. Charges are pending.

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Information from: The Sun, http://www.sbsun.com