Boca Man Claims To Plant Bombs At John Legend Concert


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Richar Klotz, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Updating a story we broke earlier, the Boca Raton Police Department tells that Matthew Richard Klotz — in custody for making a bomb threat — allegedly threatened to blow up several tour buses used by performer John Legend.
Legend performed Sunday at the Mizner Amphitheater in East Boca Raton.
From the police report filed by the investigator officer:

On 7/27/2014, at approximately 2228 hours, while working security at a John Legend concert at 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton FL (Mizner Amphitheater), I was informed by a DAK Private Security Guard working at the event that an unknown subject just made a bomb threat. DAK Security Guard, B/M Don McMillian, was on a security post behind Mizner Amphitheater on the North Side.
McMillian stated that an unknown white male, wearing a dark, possibly
blue, shirt and white shorts just walked by his post and asked what bus was John Legend`s.
McMillian answered he did not know. The unknown subject then said “That`s okay, I put a
bomb on all the buses”. The unknown subject then left northbound into a parking lot with a male and female.
McMillian notified his supervisor and BRPD immediately.
When I spoke with DAK Security, they were following the subject through a parking lot just north of Mizner Amphitheater. I ran to catch up to the white male who made the threat.
DAK Security was in constant visual contact with subject. In the parking lot of about 625 NE Mizner Blvd, I made contact with the suspect, identified as W/M Matthew Klotz (FL DL. I instructed Klotz to stop and identified myself as Boca Raton Police.
Klotz continued to proceed northbound. I grabbed Klotz on the right tricep area of his
arm with my left hand. Klotz tensed and attempted to pull away from me. I pulled Klotz again and instructed him to turn around, sit on the ground, and speak with me.
Officer Patterson, who was on scene, read Klotz his constitutionally protected rights from a BRPD issued Miranda Card. Klotz stated he understood his rights and would speak with us. I proceeded to question Klotz.
Klotz stated that as he left the amphitheater grounds, he came to the rear of the theater where all the buses and various event staff were parked. When Klotz approached a security guard (McMillian) he asked what bus was John Legend`s bus. The security guard said he did not know.
Klotz then admitted to stating: “It`s okay, I put a bomb under all of them”.
Klotz then left the area. When I asked how many buses there were, Klotz guessed
there were four or five. Klotz stated he did not know why he made the comment, he claimed he was just joking and figured the person he said it to would find it funny. When I questioned Klotz about the gravity of the situation and if he understood the implications of his statements, he answered he knew he should not have joked about the bomb and that it is a serious matter but he found it funny.
As a result of Klotz statements, approximately 100 employees from Boca Raton Facilities,
Live Nation, and various stage crew and vendors were disrupted from performing their
duties for about an hour as the area was evacuated and the Boca Raton Bomb Squad was
called out to handle the situation. There were a total of 11 vehicles that needed to be
swept in the area of the bomb threat: 3 large U-Haul type trucks, 2 tour buses, 2 vans, 2 motor vehicles, 1 tractor trailer/18-wheeler, and 1 trailer.
As a result of my investigation, I placed Matthew Klotz into handcuffs, checked for
tightness and double locked. Klotz was arrested and charged with the following:
False Report of a Bomb/Explosion for unlawfully and knowingly making a false report, with intent to deceive, mislead, or otherwise misinform any person, concerning the placing or planting of any bomb, dynamite, or other deadly explosive pursuant to F.S.S. 790.163(1). Disorderly Conduct on the Premises of an Establishment for resisting the reasonable efforts of an operator of a licensed establishment or a law enforcement officer to detain or arrest him after engaging in disorderly conduct on the premises of the licensed establishment in violation of F.S.S. 877.03, and Matthew Klotz knew or reasonably should have known that the person seeking to make such detention or arrest was the operator of the establishment or a law enforcement officer pursuant to F.S.S. 509.143.


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