Merritt Mounties arrested a 25-year-old male suspect wanted in connection with a bomb threat in Kelowna.

The man is believed to be connected to a suspicious backpack that was left in an alley behind a residence in Kelowna on Sunday.

Six homes had to be evacuated at about noon that day. The RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit was brought in and deemed the bag safe and people were allowed to return to their homes at about 10 p.m.

Sgt. Norm Flemming said they received word from Kelowna to be on the lookout for the suspect, who was potentially staying in Merritt on his way to Vancouver. He said an officer spotted the individual downtown outside the Coldwater Hotel at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday night and arrested him.

The man was handed over to Kelowna RCMP and will face multiple charges including mischief and unlawful possession of explosive materials.