Fake bomb threat hurts Stillwater weekend commerce - KMSP-TV

Fake bomb threat hurts Stillwater weekend commerce

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STILLWATER, Minn. (KMSP) -

In picturesque downtown Stillwater, the warm weather and rare antiques are drawing large crowds this weekend, but for a moment today, parts of the idyllic town turned into a frantic crime scene.

Washington County sheriffs say David Michael Tyler burst into the U.S. Bank on East Chestnut Street Saturday morning, demanding money and claiming to have a bomb.

"Because there was a device left in the bank, we cleared a two block radius and we called in the St. Paul bomb squad," a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

The good news, the bomb was fake and they eventually arrested him, but for now, investigators are only saying Tyler is not from Minnesota.

Tyler apparently spent Friday night at the Lowell Inn, just one block away from the bank. Hotel employees wouldn't talk on camera, but one manager says he seemed normal.

"To me, he looked like an older Steve Jobs, like he was in town playing golf or something like that," a hotel employee said.

Dave Mockenhaupt and Scott Myers actually bumped into Tyler that evening because their friend had a room right next door.

"I don't think none of it's sunk in yet," a hotel guest said.

Cecelia Loome snapped a few photos of his tan Toyota pickup truck right outside her used bookstore. Police eventually towed it away.

"He had parked his getaway car right outside my door," Loome said.

While police continue the investigation and analyze evidence, downtown Stillwater is open again after being shut down for five hours.

"And to think, something like that went on right over there, makes me question if it really is so sweet or not," a Stillwater shopper said.

Businesses like Stillwater Antiques stayed closed, clearly missing out on profits from weekend shoppers.

"Well, they definitely lost our business, we were going to spend a couple hundred bucks," another shopper mentioned.

Not to mention, the event resulted in some disappointed tourists.

"The biggest mall on the block is closed, and in my whole life, I have never seen such a thing," a shopper said.

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