ST. JAMES, Mo. (KSDK) - A man is in custody after a bomb scare caused the evacuation of Finn's Motel Sunday morning.

It all started at around 10 a.m., when a housekeeper went to room 115 and found a note on the door.

"It said 'do not open the door, do not knock on the door, as there will be a bomb going off,'" Juanita Fruge, Finn's manager, said.

The man staying in the room had refused housekeeping services since he began his stay there. Nobody knew exactly what was inside.

Fruge immediately called 911, and agencies from across the area converged on the motel.

The building was evacuated while Missouri Highway Patrol's Bomb Squad investigated. Officers say they spotted gasoline cans through the window, and deployed a robot to take a closer look at the suspicious device.

"It was made to appear there was a bomb, but in fact there was no bomb," St. James Police Chief Ron Jones said.

A short time later, a man was taken away from the area in handcuffs. Jones says it isn't the suspect's first run-in with the law.

"He has a lengthy criminal history. That's what we're concerned about," he said.

Authorities say it's too early to tell whether the suspect was in the process of building a bomb, or if this was just some sort of hoax.

Because the suspect has not been officially charged, we are not releasing his name. But officers say he is certainly in a world of trouble.

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