Man jailed for allegedly setting off smoke bombs
A Massachussetts man has been charged with risking catastrophe after setting off smoke bombs in Denny’s and Candlewood Suites in Loyalsock Township early Saturday morning.
Trevor Wilson Rodriguez, 24, allegedly entered Denny’s at 1716 E. Third St. and set off two smoke bombs, according to an affidavit completed by state police trooper Ryan Golla. Twenty-five people were in Denny’s at the time of the incident.
A Denny’s security officer told troopers Golla and Adam Kirk that he saw the suspect flee the scene in a silver minivan, heading toward the TJ Maxx Plaza.
While police were responding to the incident at Denny’s, six area fire departments were dispatched to Candlewood Suites, 1836 E. Third St. Surveillance footage at the hotel caught a black male in darm denim jeans, a grey shirt, and white and black sneakers lighting a smoke bomb.
Following both incidents, police discovered a silver van parked in the Best Western parking lot matching the security guard’s description and found the suspect staying at the hotel.
Rodriguez initially denied driving the van, but told police the keys were in his bag when he was placed into custody.
Rodriguez was arraigned before Judge Jon E. Kemp and jailed in lieu of a $100,000 bail.