An Arizona man arrested in a stolen car case also is accused of having a fake booby-trapped hand grenade in the vehicle.
Dennis Floyd, 46, of Kingman, is being held on suspicion of theft of means of transportation and felony misconduct involving a simulated explosive device, Coconino County Sheriff's officials said.
Northern Arizona 911 Dispatchers received a call Wednesday morning of a suspicious person in the area of the Bellemont Truck Stop off of Interstate 40 about 10 miles west of Flagstaff.
During the investigation, deputies were able to link Floyd to a vehicle that was parked in the west lot of the Bellemont Motel 6. Deputies discovered it had been stolen.
As they moved in for a closer look at the vehicle, deputies identified what appeared to be a military style hand grenade dangling from the interior of the roof of the vehicle. A length of wire was attached to what appeared to be the firing pin of the hand grenade, and the other end of the wire was attached to the steering wheel of the vehicle, sheriff's investigators said.
Deputies set up a perimeter around the vehicle and evacuated the commercial vehicle parking lot of the Bellemont Truck Stop and the west wing of the Bellemont Motel 6.
Flagstaff Police Department bomb squad technicians arrived and used a mechanical robot and other remote control tools to enter the vehicle.
The technicians were able to determine that the item was not explosive but was manufactured to look like a military hand grenade.
Floyd is being held at the Coconino County Detention Facility in Flagstaff.
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