Police confirm identity of man accused of threatening to bomb Spokane building
SPOKANE, Wash. — The man accused of threatening to bomb the Teamsters building on Wednesday has been identified as Peter Yeager.
The Spokane Police Department said Yeager is currently being held on a first-degree arson charge, but additional charges are possible.
Police said Yeager, who they believe is from out of town, walked into the building wearing a backpack with wires hanging from it, claiming it was a bomb. Officers later determined the backpack did not contain an explosive.
Yeager came out of the building and smoke could be seen coming from inside one of the offices. An investigation determined the smoke came from a small fire, which police say Yeager started.
The Teamsters building is home to the Spokane County Democrats office and the Democrats believe the incident was politically motivated, but police have not confirmed that.
SPD said search warrants have been filed in order to continue their investigation into what sparked the incident. The FBI is also investigating the incident as domestic terrorism.
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