Colorado man arrested after bomb threat made against KSU

David O'Brien

This article is courtesy of the Kent Record-Courier.

The Portage County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Colorado man on charges he threatened to set off a bomb at Kent State University on Tuesday.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said Louis J. Koleszar, 58, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., was arrested Tuesday in Rootstown and charged with making false alarms, a third-degree felony. The charge is a felony because the threat allegedly involved a weapon of mass destruction.

Koleszar currently is being held in the Portage County jail without bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna.

According to Doak, the incident began after a taxi driver called her dispatcher to report that a passenger she picked up at the Akron Canton Airport in Green was asking to be taken to Kent State University so he could set off a bomb there.

The Portage County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the driver, who kept dispatchers updated on her location. Kent and KSU police also were informed of the taxi’s location.

The driver continued eastbound on Interstate 76 and exited the highway at S.R. 44 in Rootstown, where the taxi was intercepted by sheriff’s deputies and troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol. Koleszar was taken into custody without incident, Doak said.

Koleszar has no prior criminal record in Portage County, according to online court records. He did obtain a marriage license in Portage County in 1979, records show.

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