Police arrest Amherst man on suspected bomb threat

Staff Writer
Monday, December 20, 2021

AMHERST — A 22-year-old Amherst man was arrested last Friday morning for an alleged bomb threat outside an East Pleasant Street bar.

Police responded on Dec. 10 to The Spoke, located 35 East Pleasant St. in Amherst, for a report that claimed a small, grill-size propane tank had been placed near the front door. Police were also alerted to an eyewitness identifying the individual that placed the propane tank near the door as Tyron Loper, who had recently been trespassed from the establishment, according to a press release from Detective Lt. William N. Menard.

In a statement posted to both Facebook and Instagram, The Spoke indicated that Loper had been a former patron.

“We understand that social media is blowing up about an incident with a former patron that has been No Trespassed from Spoke. To squash any rumors, this person had been an ongoing problem in our establishment and other businesses in Amherst so we took it upon ourselves to not allow him in anymore for the safety of our customers and staff,” the statement reads. “In return this person did not like our decisions and retaliated with threats.”

Police found Loper not far from the bar that same evening. He was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, hoax incendiary device and a bomb threat.

Loper was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Friday and is being held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction until his next court date on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Emily Thurlow can be reached at ethurlow@gazettenet.com