UPDATE: Man in custody after making threats at Westgate

Charges filed after Westgate threats
Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 17:13:00-04

A man is arrested after threatening to kill people at a Westgate restaurant with weapons and bombs.

Glendale Police report that on October 3 a man, later identified as 44-year-old James Edwards Hancock, told an employee at The Yardhouse that he, "had a lot of weapons.” He also handed her a note saying, “Don’t let anyone leave.”

He then allegedly went to the bathroom and spoke with two employees telling them he was upset about what happened in Las Vegas and he was going to kill everyone in the bar. He reportedly instructed them to go back to the bar and not to let anyone leave.

Other employees later told police that Hancock was pacing and looking upset before returning to the restroom. Two different employees went to the restroom with him, where Hancock allegedly told them that he had bombs.

Glendale police say officers responded to the scene near 91st and Glendale avenues around 4 p.m. and evacuated the area. They entered the bathroom where they used a taser and removed Hancock.

Hancock reportedly told police that he planted several bombs at Westgate and in the area along 95th Avenue.

The Glendale bomb Squad checked and cleared the area, but no devices were found.

Hancock has been charged with making a terrorist threat, kidnapping and various other charges.