YCSO: Man claiming to have explosive device arrested

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According to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, 54-year-old Scott Albert Wayne confronted and threatened his girlfriend with a handgun after discovering she was seeing another man. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) According to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, 54-year-old Scott Albert Wayne confronted and threatened his girlfriend with a handgun after discovering she was seeing another man. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
Deputies approached Wayne who claimed he was carrying an explosive device in his pants pockets, according to the YCSO. (Source: YCSO) Deputies approached Wayne who claimed he was carrying an explosive device in his pants pockets, according to the YCSO. (Source: YCSO)
Mug shot of 54-year-old Scott Albert Wayne. (Source: YCSO) Mug shot of 54-year-old Scott Albert Wayne. (Source: YCSO)
BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Authorities said they arrested a man Sunday evening who claimed to have an explosive device in Black Canyon City.

The situation began just before 8 a.m. when deputies responded to a domestic violence incident.

According to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, 54-year-old Scott Albert Wayne confronted and threatened his girlfriend with a handgun after discovering she was seeing another man.

She was able to leave the home safely and call YCSO after Wayne fell asleep.

When deputies arrived at the residence, they discovered Wayne had since left and was walking around the area possibly armed according to YCSO.

Wayne also had a felony warrant in California, officials said.

Around 2 p.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter crew spotted Wayne trying to hide in a river bed area near Tara Springs Road. Deputies approached Wayne who claimed he was carrying an explosive device in his pants pockets, according to the YCSO.

Deputies moved away and directed Wayne to an open area of the river bed. A containment area was set up around Wayne and bomb squad technicians from DPS were requested. The bomb technicians were able to approach Wayne and render the apparent explosive device safe, according to the YCSO.

Wayne was taken into custody around 5 p.m., officials said.

Deputies found a handgun Wayne hid in the riverbed, which was likely connected to the domestic violence incident, officials said.

Wayne, who has attempted suicide in the past, claimed the explosive devices were intended to allow him to commit suicide rather than return to prison, YCSO said.

Firefighters also put out a fire in the area that Wayne admitted to "accidentally" starting after he threw a lit cigarette into the bush, according to YCSO.

The investigation remains active, officials said.

Wayne faces charges including four counts of weapons misconduct, unlawful wildland burning, aggravated assault per domestic violence, disorderly conduct per domestic violence and threatening domestic violence.

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