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Emergency responders in Eagle County issued an all-clear notice for a bomb threat at the Sun River condos in EagleVail at 2:23 a.m. Monday after evacuating the complex around 11 p.m. Sunday. The sheriff’s department also announced a 24-year-old suspect named Carl Krencis was in custody.
Anyone in the EagleVail or Avon area received an “extreme alert” on their phone late Sunday night after someone phoned in the bomb threat at the apartments located at 39377 U.S. Highway 6.
People living, working or traveling in the area were told to leave immediately, taking only pets and medicine to a shelter at the Avon Transit Center if necessary.
Along with all of those emergency responders, Vail Daily Editor Nate Peterson was up late Sunday night and early Monday, writing a story indicating police have a suspect in what luckily turned out to be a false report. The Jefferson County bomb squad reportedly was never called in by Eagle County officials.
Here’s the 2:20 a.m. update from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office:
UPDATE 02:20 a.m. – Evacuations have been lifted and deputies with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office have taken a suspect into custody. Local law enforcement teams have completed their final safety checks of the 62 unit, Sun River Condominium complex, finding nothing. Suspect information will be available pending further investigation.
And here’s a press release from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 12:45 p.m., Monday:
In response to a bomb threat that was received via 9-1-1 just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, the Vail Public Safety Communications Center called local law enforcement to the Sun River Condominium complex in EagleVail. Officials acted quickly to ensure the safety of all the residents in the 64 unit complex and the surrounding area. Evacuation orders were sent out around 11:00 p.m.and a shelter for evacuees set up in Avon until the suspect was apprehended and the threat determined to be false.
Investigators quickly determined that the phone number that called in the threat belonged to a local resident. A vehicle description was aired and agencies began their search for Carl Joseph Krencis, age 24 of Eagle-Vail. Just before 2:00 a.m., the suspect was seen at the evacuation point in Avon and taken into custody.
Law enforcement teams were able to clear the Sun River condominium complex and found nothing. After the suspect was taken into custody, it was determined that he lived with roommates at the evacuated Sun River condominiums and his apartment was also searched. Just before 2:30 a.m. the complex was determined safe and the evacuation order was lifted.
Carl Joseph Krencis (age 24) was arrested and charged with False Reporting of Explosive (Class 6 Felony) and False Reporting to Authorities (Class 3 Misdemeanor).
Many thanks to the Sun River condominium occupants and management for their cooperation and to all the involved agencies who assisted. Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol 4-C troop, Avon Police Department, Vail Police Department, Vail Public Safety Communications Center, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eagle County Paramedics, Colorado Department of Transportation, ECO Transit, Salvation Army Vail Valley, Town of Avon, Eagle County Emergency Management, and guidance from the Jefferson County Bomb Squad.