Man charged with terroristic threat after airport bomb scare - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Man charged with terroristic threat after Lubbock airport bomb scare

Klaus Scholz, 51 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Klaus Scholz, 51 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

Friday, all flights are up and running after a bomb scare at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport a day earlier. The scare shut the airport down for almost three hours on Thursday afternoon.

Aviation Director James Loomis says 51-year-old Klaus Scholz told employees at the Southwest ticket counter that he had C-4 in his bag around 4:45 p.m. Scholz was arrested and taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Airport employees and passengers were evacuated to a safe zone, but the suspicious baggage was x-rayed and nothing was found inside. 

Members of a joint City-County bomb squad responded to the alert.

Lubbock police blocked traffic at Regis and MLK Boulevard. All flights were delayed and one American Eagle flight was canceled.

Chris Tinsley's wife had just finished her shift at the airport when she had to abruptly hang up the phone. Tinsley says he thought the worst and instantly drove to the airport. 

"She didn't really say anything after that, so I wanted to come and check on her. I came and saw police and bomb squad going in," Tinsley said. 

When Tinsley arrived, he found the airport entrance was open only to law enforcement, fire and the LPD Bomb Squad. 

"If she sent me a text message to tell me she was ok, I would have been a little bit better. But when you don't hear from somebody you always expect the worst," Tinsley said. 

The all clear was finally given around 7:30 p.m.

Police say Scholz is charged with making a terroristic threat, which is a third-degree felony. If convicted, he could get a maximum of 2-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His bond is set at $50,000.

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