A 23-year old Thornton man is in hot water with the U.S. Justice Department after allegedly claiming to have a bomb on a Frontiers Airline headed from Tennessee to Denver last Friday. U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Jeff Dorschner says Mark Michael Bote faces up to 5-years in federal prison and a $250-thousand fine if convicted of giving false information and making threats.
The charges stem from Thornton allegedly becoming disruptive on the plane and it headed toward DIA. According to the FBI affidavit, the passenger sitting next to Bote says Bote awoke suddenly from a sound sleep and started shaking, saying “Help me, there’s a bomb.” Another passenger who was travelling with Bote told flight attendants that they had been in Tennessee with a Church Group and that Bote “was not well.” The FBI investigation into the incident revealed that Bote thought someone was “stalking him” and place a bomb in his tote bag. The plane landed without further incident and Bote was placed under arrest at the terminal.
Denver Police assisted the FBI in the investigation.