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Man at center of Florence bomb scare identified

FLORENCE, Colo. - The man at the center of a bomb scare that shut down part of Florence Monday morning has been identified. He is Ryan Hendricks, 22. 

Roads were closed and homes and businesses were evacuated within a two block radius of Pikes Peak and Main. The closures and evacuations have been lifted. 

Florence Police initially said that a person involved with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office may have made explosives in his home. The department later issued a clarification saying that the man was involved in an incident with the sheriff's office last night, but that he is not associated with the sheriff's office on any professional level.  

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says that it arrested Hendricks overnight. It said that arrest led to the information about the possible explosives. 

According to information released on Monday night, the sheriff's office was dispatched to Highway 115 around 2:50 a.m. in Penrose. The caller stated that a car had been following them closely without headlights for about 5 miles. 

When deputies attempted a traffic stop, deputies say the car fled. A few minutes later, the car crashed into a power pole near 4th and B Street in Penrose. 

Deputies say the driver, later identified as Hendricks, fled on foot. 

A few hours later, another caller said they found a man matching Hendricks description in their barn. Deputies made contact with Hendricks in the barn, and deputies say after a brief struggle, Hendricks was taken into custody. 

Hendricks is being held in the Fremont County Jail on no bond for several charges, including Impersonating a Peace Officer, Trespassing, Vehicular elluding, burglary, animal cruelty, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, reckless driving, and failure to report an accident, among others. 

Law enforcement agencies involved in this operation included Florence Police, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, the Pueblo Bomb Squad and State Patrol.

Florence is located about 40 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, or about 9 miles southeast of Cañon City.


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