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FBI: Airline passenger said there was a bomb

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June 19, 2013 07:53 AM EST | AP


DENVER — A preliminary hearing is scheduled Thursday for a Colorado man accused of telling a flight attendant there was a bomb in his backpack on a flight from Knoxville, Tenn., to Denver.

Federal prosecutors say Mark Michael Bote, of Thornton, was arrested Friday after the Frontier Airlines flight landed. He made his initial court appearance Tuesday on a charge of giving a false report. He will be assigned an attorney.

An FBI agent says in court documents that Bote was returning from a church mission trip. A woman with his group indicated he had a mental disability and can become disoriented without enough sleep.

Bote allegedly told investigators he thought someone was stalking him and feared that the person had put a bomb in his bag.