A 19-year-old former security guard has pled guilty to calling in bomb threat to the NBA offices in New Jersey, according to the Bergen Record.
Jose L. Quesada Jr. admitted to U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares that he made the threatening calls with his cellphone over a period of days beginning July 26. At the time, Quesada was employed as a security guard for NBA Properties Inc., at 100 Plaza Drive (in Secaucus).
He admitted leaving multiple voice mail messages saying that he was going to blow up the building and kill people.
He will be sentenced in March and could face up to five years in prison. There were never any bombs but the building was evacuated and searched. No motive for the calls has been made public. But as he called them in from his own cell phone, we are not talking about the sharpest knife in the drawer, here.
Go ahead and make all the “more missed bombs than the Pistons from three point range” jokes you want, it’s not really funny. Well, the Pistons part is, but not bomb threats.
A former security guard at the building has been arrested for making repeated bomb threats to the NBA offices in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The Star-Ledger has the details.
José Quesada, 19, of Elizabeth, who surrendered to federal authorities today, was employed by a security company hired by the NBA to patrol its offices at the time he made several calls from July 26 through July 28, according to a federal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Newark. No motive was given for the prank calls, which began July 26 when he left a voice-mail message, saying four times, “There is a bomb in the building.”
The NBA offices were evacuated while law enforcement and K-9 units searched the area for hours, but no explosives were found. The threats forced the NBA to improve security measures, federal officials said.
This happened again the next day. He called back on the third day, but did not leave a threatening message, according to police.
Quesada used his own cell phone, making it particularly easy for police to find and arrest him.
Making bomb threats is a federal crime and Quesada could face jail time.