Man Claiming to Have Bomb In Custody After Standoff at Colton Shopping Center

Authorities cordoned off a shopping center in Colton Saturday after a man claimed to have a bomb, authorities said.

A man threatened to have a bomb at a shopping center near Mt. Vernon Avenue and Olive Street on Feb. 16, 2019, police said. (Credit: Colton Police Department)

A man threatened to have a bomb at a shopping center near Mt. Vernon Avenue and Olive Street on Feb. 16, 2019, police said. (Credit: Colton Police Department)

The incident was reported shortly before 4 p.m. at the Plaza, near Mt. Vernon Avenue and Olive Street, the Colton Police Department announced via social media.

Police shut down Mt. Vernon Avenue between Olive street and Colton Avenue as they continued negotiating with the man as night fell.

Images released by police officials showed a man sitting, and at times kneeling, near a bomb squad robot.

Sheriff's officials asked the public to avoid the area as the situation continued evolving.

Officials announced the suspect had been taken into custody about 9:30 p.m.

Police ultimately found the man had a pellet gun and a fake bomb, but no live explosives, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

No further details were available.

A man threatened to have a bomb at a shopping center near Mt. Vernon Avenue and Olive Street on Feb. 16, 2019, police said. (Credit: Colton Police Department)

A man threatened to have a bomb at a shopping center near Mt. Vernon Avenue and Olive Street on Feb. 16, 2019, police said. (Credit: Colton Police Department)

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