A San Marcos man is facing three criminal charges in connection with a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of about 300 students from College Inn this morning.
Clayton Garland Warren, 24, is in custody at the Hays County Jail and will be charged with two counts of a bomb hoax and one count of evading arrest, according to jail records. The threat was resolved after the Austin Bomb Squad detonated a suspicious package as a precautionary measure.
The incident began around 12:30 a.m. when an officer on patrol for the University Police Department saw Warren smoking near the LBJ Student Center, which is in violation of Texas State’s smoke-free policy. Jayme Blaschke, university spokesperson, said Warren fled on foot from the officer but was taken into custody. Blaschke said the individual was not a student, despite early morning reports from UPD.
An inspection of Warren’s car found what appeared to be a potentially explosive device with an ignition mechanism attached, according to a press release from University News Service. The Austin Bomb Squad was called in and arrived at 3 a.m. The bomb squad had determined by 4 a.m. that the device was not explosive, but discovered another suspicious package in the vehicle. After X-rays proved inconclusive, the package was detonated by the bomb squad at 5:46 a.m. as a precautionary measure, according to the press release.
“Obviously with the history here on campus we take any potential bomb threat very, very seriously,” Blashcke said.
College Inn residents were evacuated to the Student Recreation Center at 1:42 a.m. and were allowed to return to their rooms at 6 a.m. once the Austin Bomb Squad gave the all-clear, according to the press release.