Police arrested a man Saturday morning at Peace Park on State Street after responding to a call about a man threatening people and attempting to make a bomb using a pickle jar.
Patric Olson, 20, with no permanent address, was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer for giving a fake name, as well as a probation hold, according to the police report.
“The man was yelling he was going to blow everyone up and kill the police,” said Joel DeSpain, Madison Police Department public information officer.
DeSpain said an officer responded to a call of a drunken man making threats in Peace Park. After questioning a group of people at the park who were “strangely silent” and looking at Olson sitting on a bench, the officer singled out Olson.
The pickle jar was on a bench behind Olson, containing batteries and other unidentified objects. A pile of pickles was sitting on the bench in the park, along with a liquid that was presumably pickle juice, according to the police report.
The officer did not believe the jar was going to explode, DeSpain said
After giving the officer a fake name, the suspect became agitated, talking in loud and angry tones.
On the way to jail, Olson began kicking the door of the squad car. According to DeSpain,
the suspect remained agitated at the jail, threatening jail staff and the officer, which prompted a separate “movement team” at the jail to be called to secure Olson.
“[Olson] had admitted to drinking that day,” said DeSpain.
According to the police report, a half-consumed 1.75 liter bottle of vodka was found in Olson’s knapsack.
According to Wisconsin court records, Olson has had two previous convictions of disorderly conduct in 2006 and 2009. Olson was also found guilty of unspecified crimes in 2007 but was not held legally culpable by reason of “mental disease or defect.”