Man arrested on Denver flight feared he had bomb

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

Mark Michael Bote of Thornton was arrested Friday after the Frontier Airlines flight landed. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that the 23-year-old has been charged with giving a false report.

According to court documents, Bote was returning from a church mission trip. A woman with his group told investigators he has a mental disability and can become disorientated if he doesn't get enough sleep.

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.

It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.


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