KC man accused of making false bomb threat directed at Ameristar Casino Hotel
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man recently fired from the Ameristar Casino Hotel housekeeping staff is accused of phoning in fake bomb threats, which caused a evacuation on Monday. Ricardo Lewis, 27, is charged with a felony count of making a false bomb report in Clay County.
Prosecutors accuse Lewis of making two threats by calling 911 and saying that there was a bomb in the hotel. According to a probable cause statement, the house keeping manager told police he had fired Lewis earlier on Monday morning, and hotel records revealed that Lewis’ phone number matched the number identified on 911 caller ID.
The manager told police that Lewis was angry and had to be escorted from the property after he was terminated.
Lewis was arrested on Wednesday after a stop order had been issued for him on Monday. In an interview with police, he waived his Miranda rights and confessed to making the threats, also giving a written statement according to the court document.
If convicted, Lewis faces between two and four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. He’s currently in custody, being held on a $10,000 bond, which if posted bars him from contact with the casino.