THREAT NEAR CITY HALL ENDS

A man who threat­ened to blow up an RV near Fresno City Hall on Thurs­day gave him­self up to po­lice.

The Fresno Bee - - Front Page - BY JIM GUY AND JOSHUA TEHEE jguy@fres­nobee.com jte­hee@fres­nobee.com

A man who held po­lice at bay for sev­eral hours as he threat­ened to blow up an RV near Fresno City Hall on Thurs­day morn­ing sur­ren­dered to of­fi­cers and was taken into cus­tody.

Fresno Po­lice Chief Jerry Dyer an­nounced an end to the stand­off and ini­tially iden­ti­fied the man as Danny Twofeath­ers, 53. That turned out to be a false name. Po­lice on Thurs­day af­ter­noon iden­ti­fied him as Frank Eu­gene Camp­bell and said he was on pa­role and wanted in Los An­ge­les for fail­ing to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender.

Camp­bell will be booked into the Fresno County Jail for mak­ing crim­i­nal threats, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the de­part­ment.

Po­lice sur­rounded the RV near Mari­posa and R Streets about 8 a.m. Of­fi­cers later learned that Camp­bell was in­side the RV with his wife and brother-in-law dur­ing the stand­off, as he threat­ened to ex­plode a propane tank set atop a burner on the RV stove. The chief said the burner had ap­par­ently been turned on dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Camp­bell told po­lice dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions that he was a mil­i­tary vet­eran suf­fer­ing from post trau­matic stress dis­or­der. Po­lice be­lieve that he and his wife were liv­ing in a park­ing lot near Terry’s House, where fam­i­lies stay while a loved one is treated for crit­i­cal ill­nesses at nearby Com­mu­nity Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Dyer said po­lice be­lieve his wife was be­ing treated at the hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice made no ef­fort to storm the RV dur­ing the stand­off and called in ne­go­tia­tors in an ef­fort to wait out Camp­bell. Dyer said that dur­ing con­ver­sa­tions with of­fi­cers the man was smok­ing mar­i­juana and at one point asked of­fi­cers to bring him cig­a­rettes and matches. Camp­bell emerged from the RV and turned the propane take over to of­fi­cers. He was es­corted to a nearby am­bu­lance.

“Our goal all along was to de-es­ca­late,” said Dyer.

Po­lice be­came aware of the in­ci­dent when Camp­bell handed a note to an em­ployee head­ing to Terry’s House. The note warned of the propane tank on the stove.

Traf­fic was blocked from Fresno Street to Tu­lare Street on R Street dur­ing the stand­off and po­lice put their bomb squad ve­hi­cle nearby dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions. Po­lice said that there was no threat to nearby build­ings.

JIM GUY jguy@fres­nobee.com

Traf­fic is blocked around Mari­posa and R streets in down­town Fresno on Thurs­day as po­lice re­spond to a pos­si­ble bomb threat from some­one in­side a recre­ational ve­hi­cle parked near City Hall.

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