Man in U.S. Marshal custody for bomb threat

Michael Leroy Schonlau
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – A man accused of threatening to blow up a Fruita refinery will go before a federal judge a month from today.

Michael Leroy Schonlau, 36, remains in U.S. Marshal custody and is being held without bond at the Mesa County Jail, according to Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado.

On Aug. 5, 2012, Schonlau allegedly called the FBI, saying he was armed with explosives, linked to a 200-million gallon propane tank, and suicidal.

The agency says he told them the refinery was hazardous, and this was the only way he could get his message out.

Law enforcement had to close down part of Highway 6 and 50 as a precaution, but when law enforcement found him, Schonlau did not have any explosives on him.

Dorschner says Schonlau is charged with threatening to kill, injure and intimidate an individual and a business in Fruita by means of an explosive. He was also a felon in possession of a firearm.

Schonlau will go before a U.S. magistrate judge at the Grand Junction federal courthouse on Dec. 13 for a detention hearing.

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