Man accused of throwing fake bomb identified

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man who allegedly threw a fake bomb at an Armed Forces recruiter Tuesday morning is now facing federal charges.

Jason Gentzke, 25, of Tonawanda is charged with intentionally conveying false information by indicating that the Armed Forces Recruiting Center on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda would be damaged by an explosive device.

Authorities say Gentzke entered the building on Tuesday and threw a suitcase that appeared to contain electronics, cords, and wires into the office and made threats.

“[He] was making disjointed comments and illogical statements and acting in a way that just really raised the suspicion of everyone inside,” said Capt. Joseph Carosi of the Town of Tonawanda Police.

Sgt. Greg Kent, Erie County Sheriff Bomb Squad Commander said, “Definitely wanted to scare people. They were scared. From his actions and from the package he left behind, they were definitely afraid of what was inside the suitcase.”

The Erie County Bomb Squad found the suitcase contained a power strip cord, a fish tank filter, and other non-explosive materials.

If convicted, Gentzke faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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