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October 25, 2012
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Breckenridge bomb threat suspect arrested

A man suspected of threatening a hotel clerk with a gun and claiming there was a bomb in the building was arrested Sunday.

Ben Charles Mendozza, 28, is facing possible charges of menacing, false reporting of explosives, both felonies, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit released by the district attorney's office.

He was released from jail Sunday after posting a $2,500 bond.

There were no explosives in the hotel and no one was injured in the incident.

Mendozza allegedly approached a clerk at the Breckenridge hotel just after 3 a.m. Sunday requesting information about some guests. When the clerk told him he couldn't give out the information, Mendozza became "irate," claiming he had a gun and that there was a bomb in the building, according to the affidavit.

As the clerk started to back away from the counter, Mendozza reportedly told him he had 10 seconds to hand over the information or Mendozza was going to jump over the counter after him, the affidavit stated.

The clerk then went into an office to call the police.

When Frisco, Breckenridge and Summit County Sheriff's Office authorities arrived on scene, Mendozza was gone. They swept the building before later finding him in the lobby of the hotel.

In custody, Mendozza reportedly told authorities there was no bomb in the building, and that he'd only said there was to get information from the clerk, according to the affidavit.

He said he didn't remember saying anything about a gun.

He told authorities he was trying to get his girlfriend's hotel room number so he could return to the room and it was a mistake to say what he did, according to the affidavit.

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The Summit Daily Updated Oct 26, 2012 12:32PM Published Oct 25, 2012 11:42PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.