Former Colorado ski patroller charged for allegedly threatening to ‘blow up’ sheriff’s office

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. — A former Colorado ski patroller has been charged for allegedly threatening to “blow up” the Norwood Sheriff’s Office and two other businesses.

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The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office says they are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate threats that Bryan Randolph Cornwell, 29, allegedly made toward law enforcement and two other businesses in the Norwood area. They say Cornwell was arrested under a federal warrant last Friday.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Daily Sentinel, Cornwell was a person of interest in an investigation where a woman overdosed on fentanyl in February.

During interactions with law enforcement, it was noted that Cornwell appeared agitated. He allegedly sent threatening text messages to an investigator, threatening to “blow up” the Norwood Sheriff’s Office along with two other businesses, according to SMSO.

Sheriff Bill Masters said, in a news release, that there is no current threat to public safety. “We appreciate the FBI’s swift action to detain Mr. Cornwell on these serious charges.” Cornwell was a former Telluride ski patroller and he handled explosives under supervision for avalanche control. He was let go in February 2021 so that cut his access to explosives. The SMSO says he was released from their jail on Monday and federal agents took him into custody.

Cornwell has been booked on a recommended charge of a criminal complaint with making threats by means of explosives. The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Colorado says that if he is convicted, he faces no more than ten years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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