Man behind bars after Coronado Mall bomb scare

Posted at: 01/05/2013 9:43 PM
Updated at: 01/06/2013 1:06 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

APD said a man told them he had hand grenades and a ticking bomb in his car at the Coronado Center Saturday afternoon.

The man's name was Heath Holden and officers immediately sprung into action to investigate his car.

It all started when a woman told mall security she saw Holden come out of his car and put on body armor and place a shotgun on the hood of his car. Mall security found him in the mall and searched him, but found no shotgun.

"We saw him come out of the mall, wearing a black vest with a lot of thick pouches. And he was being followed by like three officers," George Quintero said, describing Holden being held by police.

After Holden told officers about what he had in his car, they sent out a robot and two officers from APD's Bomb Squad unit. Shoppers had to stay in the Kohls while the APD shut down the southeastern corner of the mall parking lot.

"It was shocking, especially when they didn't let us out of Kohls. And we saw a bomb robot going down the street and checking and that kinda scared us a little bit," Quintero said.

But officers could only find two grenades, one fake that ticked when squeezed, and another firework shaped like a grenade. But officers said Holden had a 10-inch knife on him, arresting and charging him for concealing a deadly weapon.

APD will also use their Crisis Intervention Team to see if there is anything mentally wrong with Holden that made him tell officers he had a bomb in his car.

"He just looked, like, serious about doing something, like passionate fury inside his eyes," Quintero said.