The caller advised the desk clerk that an explosive device was at the motel, and was set to detonate if anyone tried to leave the motel.
Deming Police Captain Glenn Chadborn said that they received a call from the Motel a short time later, and responded. Officers evacuated the motel, and nearby RV park.
Chadborn said about 50-60 people were taken from the area and transported to Starmax by Corre Camino bus services.
NM DOT closed exit 85 from the interstate into Deming and law enforcement established a perimeter.
Chadborn said that the NMSP Bomb squad came and cleared the motel using bomb sniffing dogs. Nothing was found.
The male caller repeatedly called the motel speaking with a negotiator from the Police Department. His conversations lasted only a few minutes each and appeared to come from different numbers each time.
Chadborn said that demands were made that left the department believing the subject was not a local resident. Large amounts of money was demanded along with several general threats also being made.
Chadborn said the case has been given to the FBI for further investigation. About 12 Deming officers were on scene until the all clear was given about 6pm.
Assisting the Deming Police in this incident was officers from the New Mexico Motor Transportation Department… New Mexico State Police… New Mexico State Police Bomb Squad… Deming Fire Department… Luna County Emergency Management … and Corre Caminos.
Chadborn said the department was pleased with the handling of the situation, and that all departments worked well together.