He allegedly repeated the threat when he was apprehended by St. Ann Police. Hopper, who has a white beard, was reportedly "wearing a Santa Claus hat," according to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office statement.
Officers shut down the street near the bank because of the threat.
St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez told KTVI-TV, "We got him into custody in the back of our vehicle and he started with spontaneous utterances that there’s a bomb in the car."
The bomb threat turned out not to be real. St. Ann Neighborhood Watch confirmed on Facebook, "We also want to recognize the Regional Bomb and Arson Unit who deployed their robot that confirmed what the St. Louis Lambert International’s bomb sniffing dog had indicated — that there was NO BOMB in the car."
KSDK-TV reports Hopper complained of chest pains and was transported to a nearby hospital. He was booked into the St. Louis County Department of Justice Services and was being held on $100,000 cash-only bond.