Police: Pennsylvania man calls in bomb threat to avoid paying bill

October 10th, 2017 8:48 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A city man has been arrested after police say he called in a false bomb threat to try to get out of paying his restaurant bill.

WPXI-TV reported that 40-year-old Barry Clapperton faces charges that include threats to use weapons of mass destruction, public drunkenness, and giving a false identification to police.

A witness said Clapperton tried to leave multiple times without paying for his meal at Primanti Brothers. Police were called to the scene, and another person paid for Clapperton’s bill.

Police said they were about to let the man leave when a bomb threat was called in to a nearby restaurant. Authorities said they used a stun gun to subdue Clapperton after he ran from the restaurant.

Police said Clapperton acknowledged calling in the false threat to create a distraction.