Man arrested on Denver flight feared he had bomb

Man arrested on Denver flight feared he had bomb


DENVER (AP/WATE) - A Colorado man who acted nervously and told a flight attendant there was a bomb in his backpack on a flight from Knoxville to Denver has been charged in federal court.

Mark Michael Bote, 23, of Thornton, Colo. was arrested Friday after the Frontier Airlines flight landed.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that the man has been charged with one count of false information and threats.

According to court documents, Bote was returning from a church mission trip.

One passenger noticed Bote seemed nervous, was shaking, had his eyes closed, and was rocking back and forth. A second passenger also noticed that Bote looked nervous, and that his eyes were glazed over.

When Bote took his seat he kept his backpack on. Even when a flight attendant asked him to remove it, he didn't completely let go of it.

According to the FBI affidavit, when Bote was asked if he was OK, he replied with the word "There's a bomb. There's a bomb," and other mumbling.

Bote allegedly told investigators that he thought someone was stalking him and feared that person had put a bomb in his bag because it felt heavier than normal.

A woman with his group told investigators he has a mental disability and can become disorientated if he doesn't get enough sleep.

It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

If convicted of the charge, Bote faces up to five years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. 

He remains in custody in the mental health unit of a Denver hospital.

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