Former Steamboat Ski Area employee charged with making bomb threat
March 3, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employee has been charged with e-mailing a bomb threat to the resort.
Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said Thursday that Patrick Steven Jackson, 25, is suspected of sending an e-mail on about Jan. 15 to Ski Corp. in which it was implied that there were explosives on a ski lift.
Wiggins said he was contacted about the threat, and he met with Ski Corp. officials. The threat came by e-mail from an anonymous person, Wiggins said.
"We were on top of it right away," he said. "We never thought it was a true, legitimate threat, but we had to take it seriously."
Wiggins said Ski Corp. increased security to investigate the threat.
"The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation takes threats very seriously and responds swiftly to protect the safety of our employees, guests and facilities, including reporting such matters to appropriate law enforcement agencies," Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said in an e-mail Thursday. "As this case is an ongoing matter, the resort is not able to comment further or provide additional details."
The same day the threat was received, investigator Mike Curzon learned the e-mail originated from California. The Federal Bureau of Investigation got involved, and Jackson eventually was contacted, Wiggins said.
"He confessed to everything," Wiggins said. "The guy was intoxicated. He was upset about a girlfriend breaking up with him."
A warrant was issued for Jackson's arrest, and he arrived at the Routt County Jail on Tuesday, Wiggins said.
The Routt County District Attorney's Office has filed two felony and three misdemeanor charges against Jackson, who is listed as a resident of Tehachapi, Calif. The felony charges are menacing and false report of explosives, weapons or harmful substances. The misdemeanors are computer crime, false reporting to authorities and harassment.
Jackson's bail has been set at $30,000. He is due in court for a status hearing at 2 p.m. Wednesday.