Man abandons vehicle with bomb threat taped on window - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man abandons vehicle with bomb threat taped on window

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 40-year-old Spokane Valley has been arrested after he abandoned a vehicle with a bomb threat taped to its window at an East Sprague auto dealership Thursday night.

Damian Dunigan was arrested Thursday evening and booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony count of Making a Bomb Threat to Injure Persons or Damage Property.

The arrest came after the suspect armed himself with a large knife and threatened suicide at his home. He was talked down by an officer. 

The incident began at Dishman Dodge at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday.  Dunigan drove a 2007 Dodge Caliber onto the lot and when questioned by the sales manager, told him he was dropping the car off as a voluntary repossession.

Dunigan was described as angry and vulgar, and was driven away by a woman after refusing to complete any repossession paperwork. When Dunigan and the woman pulled away, the employee jotted down the license plate on the woman's van and then saw a sign in the Caliber's window stating there was a bomb inside.

The note was written on the back of a Chrysler document demanding that Dunigan catch up on payments or turn the Caliber in to any Dodge or Chrysler dealership.

The manager called 911 and Spokane Valley Police arrived.  Police got a photo of Dunigan and the manager was able to identify him.

Police went to the Dunigan's home on North Vercler, but were denied entrance by the suspect's wife. She did say she had seen him write the note the previous day because he felt Chrysler was cheating him.

During their interview, Dunigan appeared at the back door armed with a large fillet-type knife.  He told the officers to come and get him.

Following a short standoff, police convinced the man to disarm himself and exit the home.

Explosives Disposal Unit members responded to Dishman Dodge and searched the Caliber.  No bomb was found, but the dealership was forced to close an hour early to safely accomplish the operation.

- Spokane Valley Police

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