SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield police said an arrest has been made in a hoax bomb case from earlier in October.
Police said Jesse Wayde Powell is a career criminal and was arrested on Thursday. They believe he purposefully placed a hoax bomb near a call center in Springfield.
On October 5, employees at a call center on International Way, called police after they saw a suspicious device near the building. Witnesses told police a cell phone with two sticks of dynamite was placed near a gas line.
The building was evacuated and the Eugene police explosive crew was called in and were able to destroy it.
Witnesses told police they remembered seeing a man acting strangely three days before. They said on October 2, employees saw Jesse Wayde Powell getting into the trunk of his Mercedes coupe. Employees thought it was suspicious so they took a picture of him and wrote down his license plate number.
Officers checked the security video saw the same Mercedes coupe parked in the same spot on Sunday. They said Powell was seen getting out of his car carrying a bag and walking over to the side of the building. Police said he placed the device on an overhanging rooftop. Police said he left the device and his car there overnight.
Security footage also shows a white Chrysler dropping Powell off Thursday morning to pick up his car.
Police said on October 1, Powell was involved in an incident at the Motel 6. They said an argument ensued between Powell and another person and Powell's tires were slashed. They said he drove from the Motel to the call center.
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