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Police: Man claimed defibrillator was bomb

Las Vegas -- Las Vegas authorities said they arrested a man who walked into a casino strapped with a defibrillator he claimed was a bomb.

Police said Richard Sellers, 61, had the defibrillator vest strapped to his chest when he entered Arizona Charlie's at about 9:49 a.m. Saturday and told a security supervisor the item was a bomb, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday.

"Someone put this on me and said if he didn't win $1,000 in five minutes he was going to blow up the casino," police quoted Sellers as telling the security supervisor.

Sellers eventually admitted the vest was not dangerous after a two-hour standoff with a SWAT unit, police said. He told officers he worked alone.

The suspect was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of felony making a terroristic threat in addition to extortion and burglary charges.

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