Man arrested for placing an improvised explosive device outside of the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa

TULSA, Okla. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said they arrested Zachary Schmidt on for leaving a bag containing an improvised explosive device (IED) outside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tuesday night.

Around 8 p.m. on Jan. 11 Cherokee Nation Security Guards found a suspicious bag under some stairs outside and after searching the bag they found an IED inside.

The security guards then moved the IED to a secure area where they called the ATF and TPD Bomb Squad to safely dispose of the device. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Catoosa Police Department, and Rogers County Sherriff’s Office also helped in the investigation.

During the investigation, law enforcement used surveillance video to identify Schmidt as the person who left the bag.

They located Schmidt inside of the casino and placed him under arrest. After he was in custody he admitted to knowing IED was in bag, but denied making it.