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Evergreen man arrested after bomb scare in El Rancho area

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By The Staff

A 61-year-old Evergreen man was arrested Sunday after a bomb scare in the El Rancho area.

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Michael Longfellow is being held on suspicion of felony false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances, according to the arrest affidavit.

He appeared in court Monday morning, during which time his bond was set at $2,000, and he was appointed a public defender. He will be back in court on Aug. 23 to be advised of charges against him, according to Pam Russell, Jeffco district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

According to the arrest affidavit: At around 4:40 p.m., a citizen approached a Colorado State Trooper, saying there was a car parked in the El Rancho Starbucks parking lot with a note that said, “Careful a bomb!” and an arrow pointing inside the car. The arrow appeared to point to a medium size cooler that was covered with a towel in the back seat. Two cameras were attached to a window.

The affidavit said Longfellow told officers there was no bomb, but he did it because he was worried someone would steal the car, and the sign would prevent that from happening.

The Jeffco Sheriff's Office evacuated a 300-foot radius near the intersection of Swede Gulch Road and El Rancho Road for nearly two hours, and a bomb squad investigated, determining there was no bomb, the affidavit said.