Police make arrest in Heartbreak Hotel bomb threat - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police make arrest in Heartbreak Hotel bomb threat

(WMC-TV) – A Memphis man is doing the Jailhouse Rock for allegedly causing the first day of the New Year to get all shook up near one of the city's biggest tourist attractions.

Hundreds of guests at the Heartbreak Hotel across the street from Graceland left the building on New Year's Day under a mandatory evacuation after a bomb threat was called in. As it turns out, they were caught in the middle of a domestic dispute between two people going separate ways.

Curtis Banks, 32, was booked into the Shelby County Jail on Tuesday afternoon on making a false report, harassment, and stalking charges.

January 1, 2014 at 9:23 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., the front desk clerk took calls claiming there was a bomb on the premises. Police and bomb-sniffing dogs searched the entire hotel but found nothing and determined it to be a hoax.

January 2, 2014, Curtis Banks called 911 claiming his girlfriend had stabbed him. Responding officers found Banks had not been stabbed. Banks' girlfriend, who works at the Heartbreak Hotel, then showed investigators a text message Banks allegedly sent her at 9:31 a.m. on January 1st that read, "I just called up there and told tha b**** at the desk it's a bomb up there."

Police say Banks sent his girlfriend at least 23 other text messages and left 10 voicemails on her phone that were of a harassing nature. Investigators say they tried to record these messages but were not able to because Banks would not stop calling the phone. According to the affidavit of complaint, the investigator answered the phone and warned him to leave the girlfriend alone, but Banks "became loud and made threat to shot (sic) any officers that came around him."

Banks bond is set at $75,000. He is due in general session court on Wednesday morning.

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