A French man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly threw a black bag onto the floor of a bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and said, "I got a bomb in this bag. I am going to kill everyone."
Investigators responded to the bomb threat at Terminal 2 report on Monday after a man reported that 30-year-old Jean-Luc Ly Ly-Payia, of Grigny, France, came into a bathroom stall next to him and threw his bag on the floor by the partition.
The man said Ly-Paia loudly proclaimed he had a bomb and planned to kill people, so he followed Ly-Paia out of the bathroom and reported authorities, adding that he had never been so scared in his life because he believed the threat to be real.
Airport officers arrested Ly-Paia and cleared the area while bomb-detecting dogs were brought in to check the area. Officers also removed Ly-Paia's checked luggage to look for explosives.
During interviews, Ly-Paia told investigators he had never gone into the bathroom. He admitted he had said something dumb, but was evasive about the words he used. He also told police he had drank a large amount of alcohol while waiting for his flight.
Police also say Ly-Paia urinated on the floor when he was left alone inside the interview cell.
Ly-Paia has since been charged with a single count of felony terroristic threats, specifically a bomb threat. If convicted, he faces a potential 3 years in prison and up to $3,000 in fines.