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Fountain Valley School bomb threat suspect released on bond

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Bryan Bolding is accused of multiple felonies for a hoax explosive device left at Fountain Valley school. Bryan Bolding is accused of multiple felonies for a hoax explosive device left at Fountain Valley school.
EL PASO COUNTY -

The man facing terrorism charges for a bomb scare at the Fountain Valley School was released from jail on a $3000 bond only a day later.

Bryan Bolding and his 16-year-old son were arrested after investigators found a "military grade smoke bomb" in the school's cafeteria on Tuesday afternoon.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the man and his son had tried to test out a similar smoke bomb in the parking lot of a nearby gym only a day before the incident.

That night, investigators say, Bolding placed a suspicious device in the cafeteria in hopes of inciting mass panic and fear but he was released from jail on Wednesday morning.

"I do find it strange that this individual was able to bond out," Jackie Kirby, a spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

News 5 wanted to know how someone facing terrorist charges alongside more than 200 counts of felony menacing, one for each person evacuated, is able to bond out so quickly.

"I wish I had an answer for you but if there's a bond and they post that bond, we by law, have to release them," Kirby said.

Still, even though Bolding is out on bond, the sheriff's office does not believe folks living in El Paso County should have a reason to worry.

"This incident was very, very targeted, the intended victims, if you will, was very specific, so we do not believe there is any threat to the community at this time," she said.

Court documents say the school employee suspected of placing a suspicious device inside the Fountain Valley School was not asked to return once his contract expired at the end of this school year.

El Paso County Sheriff's deputies arrested Bryan S. Bolding and his 16-year-old son on suspicion of multiple felony and misdemeanor charges Tuesday evening.

Deputies say Bolding later admitted to putting a smoke bomb in the cafeteria of the school, and planned to detonate it as a prank.

In interviews with deputies, his son said he built the smoke bomb to cause "terror and panic".

Documents also said Bolding "listed several components utilizing specific, detailed technical terms indicating he had a comprehensive working knowledge of the parts involved (in the device)."

Bolding's son admitted to investigators that his father taught him how to build the device only two weeks ago and that he had control of the remote detonator, but it failed to go off.

"I do know that it was not an actual bomb that could have been detonated, that I do know for sure, but whether it was a smoke bomb or an incendiary device, I am unclear," Kirby said.

The 16-year-old admitted to deputies they tested the device in the Gold's Gym Parking Lot at 302 Main St. in El Paso County Monday night. The bomb squad also responded to a call of a suspicious device at that location Monday.

Bolding was charged with:

  • Possession and Use of a Hoax Incendiary Device
  • Terrorist Training Activities
  • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
  • Conspiracy
  • Attempting to Influence a Public Servant
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Child Abuse Without Injury
  • several counts of Felony Menacing

CLICK HERE to read the full affidavit.

Deputies received a call from the Fountain Valley School of Colorado Tuesday evening that a suspicious "military grade" explosive or incendiary device was found in the cafeteria. 

El Paso County Deputies, members of the Regional Bomb Squad Unit, SWAT, and ATF personnel responded to the scene, evacuated the area, and rendered the device safe. 

More than 300 faculty and students were evacuated. No one was injured.

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