Man throws fake grenade inside Frontier

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A quick prank could be costly for one Albuquerque man. He admitted to throwing a fake grenade inside the Frontier Restaurant while it was packed on Memorial Day during the lunch hour.

“It could have been a very dangerous situation,” said Tom Hoeksema, a customer who reacted outside the restaurant on Tuesday.

Henry Jameson, 31, is behind bars accused of intentionally throwing a fake grenade inside the Frontier Restaurant with the intent to make patrons think it was a real explosive. The charge is considered a fourth degree felony and could land Jameson in jail for more than a year if he’s convicted.

“It represents an attack on a landmark institution here in Albuquerque,” said Hoeksema.

According to a criminal complaint, a customer “initially thought the device could be real, but it was very close to his feet, and upon closer inspection, realized it was a plastic smoke grenade.”

Jameson has been in and out of jail for being drunk in public, on a marijuana charge and most recently he was arrested for domestic violence.

According to the criminal complaint, Jameson said that he and a friend “were daring each other to throw the ‘grenade’ inside the restaurant.”

“You could have had a stampede, you could have had any number of extreme reactions on people’s part,” said Hoeksema.

Fortunately, Jameson didn’t cause any panic at the restaurant. A police officer later caught up with him in a nearby alley.

The Frontier management said a bus boy removed the device upon realizing it was a fake. They say operations were not interrupted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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