Bomb hoax suspect released, to face hearing in March

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The suspect in Tuesday morning’s bomb hoax was released from jail Wednesday and will face three charges during his March court hearing.

Clayton Warren was released from the Hays County Law Enforcement Center on two $6,000 bonds with charges for the bomb hoax and evading arrest. Warren will appear in court for the charges March 27 during his arraignment, according to Hays County court records.

The incident he is charged in connection with began around 12:30 a.m. when a University Police Department officer 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 revealed 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 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,” Blaschke 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 bomb squad gave the all clear, according to the press release.