Casino evacuated, man arrested in bomb hoax |

Casino evacuated, man arrested in bomb hoax

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A man claiming to have a bomb around his chest prompted an evacuation of a Las Vegas casino for several hours Saturday.

The threat turned out to be a hoax and the man was arrested after the incident at Arizona’s Charlie’s Hotel and Casino on Boulder Highway.

According to police, the man apparently wanted to commit “suicide by cop.”

Police said the man walked up to the security desk inside the casino and showed a security guard what he said was an explosive device.

Guards convinced him to go outside and evacuated the resort. The incident also prompted the temporary closure of the Boulder Highway outside the casino.