A man is in custody after allegedly claiming to have an explosive device in Black Canyon City.
Around 8 a.m. Sunday morning, authorities first received reports about a possibly armed man walking in the area, officials said. It was also discovered that the suspect, later identified as 54-year-old Scott Albert Wayne, is wanted in California.
A DPS helicopter found Wayne around 2 p.m. attempting to hide in a riverbed near Tara Springs and Ranch roads, officials said.
Yavapai County sheriff’s deputies were called to the area and attempted to talk to the suspect. However, Wayne told officials that he was carrying an explosive device in his pocket.
In response to the threats, Wayne was coaxed into an open area and the bomb squad was called to the scene, a YCSO spokesperson said.
Wayne cooperated with authorities and bomb squad technicians determined that the alleged explosive device was safe, officials confirmed.
Wayne is accused of hiding a gun near the riverbed, officials said. It’s believed that the gun is likely connected to a domestic violence incident earlier that same day. In that incident, the victim was found OK.
In addition, the Daisy Mountain Fire Department extinguished a first-alarm brush fire near the area. YCSO says the incidents could be related but did not provide any additional details.
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