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Man charged in Mitchell bomb scare to plead insanity

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A Mitchell man charged after a bomb scare behind the Mitchell Police Department on New Years Eve has filed a motion of intent to rely on an insanity defense.

39-year-old Christopher Lopez is being charged with 'placing a false bomb', possession of methamphetamine, and driving under suspension.

On Wednesday, he filed paperwork to suggest incompetency and a motion for a psychiatric evaluation. A hearing on the motion will be heard on Friday at 1 p.m.

Chief Mike Cotant says that on New Years Eve at 3:05 p.m. Lopez parked his white Camero behind the Mitchell P.D.  The man had tried to give officer Warren the keys to his car and leave.

Further investigation revealed that a pungent liquid that smelled like kerosene had been poured on top of the vehicle before an officer approached. THe officer also noticed a bundle of cans in the dash of the vehicle with a wire leading away from them. After realizing the nature of the situation, they blocked off the area.

The Scottsbluff Police Department brought over the bomb squad's robot, and area businesses and homes were evacuated.

Many flammable items, including Kerosene, Lucas Oil, Coleman Propane fluid, were taken from the vehicle. There were also four spray paint canisters removed from the dashboard.

Officers went to Lopez' house to locate him, and found him standing in his driveway with a small pile of leaves burning. Officers ordered Lopez to the ground at gunpoint. While he was being arrested he told officers it was just cooking oil in the containers in the car.

When asked about the cans on the dash with the wire coming out of it, he told officers it was just paint and that he had held them together with speaker wire, and claimed he was using all the stuff to work on his car.

 

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