Judge refuses to lower bond in threats case

July 30, 2018

KINGMAN — A Superior Court judge on Friday refused to lower the bond for a Bullhead City man accused of making threats toward police officers.

Michael Patrick Riley, 54, is charged with a felony count of making a terrorist threat. Riley is being held in custody on a $25,000 bond.

Riley’s attorney, Scott Greene, asked the court either to release his client on his own recognizance or lower his bond. Greene said there was no evidence that Riley would follow through with the threats.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Kellen Marlow said that a bond not only ensures a defendant will attend their court hearings but also protects the community. Riley also has a parole violation, Marlow said.

Marlow also said that Riley’s threats mentioned ammonium nitrate, which invokes memories back to Kingman’s history. Timothy McVeigh, a one-time Kingman resident, used ammonium nitrate in a truck to blow up a federal building in 1995 in Oklahoma City killing 168 people including 19 children.

Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss said the current bond is sufficient to protect the community. He said that if Rley was drunk when making the threats, he still was a danger to the community. Weiss also set Riley’s next hearing for Aug. 13.

On June 30, Riley was reportedly at a laundromat in the 1700 block of Highway 95 when he began screaming obscenities and threatened to kill a customer when she left, Bullhead City police reported.

Riley was arrested after a traffic stop in the 1800 block of Clearwater Drive. While he was being taken to the police station, he allgedly made detailed threats including blowing up the police station and killing everybody inside. Riley allegedly made other threats about going to a police officer’s home to kill him. He also threatened to burn down the laundromat, according to Bullhead City police.

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