Man who says he left fake bomb on MAX train 'for attention' sentenced

Bomb robot pulls object out of a black backpack at Hollywood Transit Center (KATU photo). Inset: Police arrested 59-year-old Wilfredo Reyes on suspicion of leaving the suspicious backpack on the MAX train. (Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via the Portland Police Bureau)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who reported a fake bomb on a MAX train last year has been sentenced to eight months of home detention and three years of probation.

Wilfredo Reyes admitted he left a backpack that he'd intentionally made to look like a bomb in a seat on a MAX train and then proceeded to call 9-1-1.

The scare shut down part of I-84 and forced two businesses near the Hollywood Transit Center to be evacuated.

According to Multnomah County Jail release documents, Reyes says he is diagnosed with schizophrenia. He reportedly is prescribed medications and receives treatment.

An address listed on jail documents places him in transitional housing. Reyes told jail staff he's been clean and sober for the last year.

"I leave the backpack there because I wanted attention," Reyes told a KATU reporter prior to his arraignment. "I don't really think about the consequences."

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