Western Montana Crime News

Apr 24, 2014 1:38 PM by KPAX News Staff

Man threatens to bomb Missoula, Billings federal courthouses

MISSOULA - A man, who called our newsroom threatening to blow up two federal courthouses in Montana, is now facing criminal charges.


Authorities arrested 64 year old Michael Lewis Andrews for calling KPAX and the FBI making threats to blow up the Missoula and Billings federal courthouse.

Andrews contacted KPAX News three times Wednesday morning upset over a financial dispute with a man he said owed him $692 dollars.

Andrews told our employees that if the news didn't help him get his money back, he would bomb the federal courthouses in Missoula and Billings.

We then promptly called the Missoula police and the FBI about the threats.

Andrews was found walking downtown and arrested without incident by the FBI.

He told authorities he felt his friend who owed him money made him feel like "a chump" which motivated him to call the media to recover his money.

He said he wanted to use the media as a go between to recover his monies.

According to the documents, Andrews said while in custody he could still have a friend blow up the Billings Courthouse if he didn't get his money.

Andrews waived his right to a preliminary hearing and remains in the Missoula County Detention Center.

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