Wed, Aug 10, 2005
Plane Had To Be Evacuated At Hobby
FBI agents have arrested a 20-year old man they say planted a
threatening note on a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas to
Houston last week.
As ANN reported in real time, Flight 21 was
quarantined and passengers were evacuated one-by-one as authorities
searched for any evidence that a bomb was indeed on board. None was
Houston's Hobby Airport was shut down for about 20-minutes
during the investigation.
Passengers aboard the plane found not one, but two notes written
on gum wrappers -- one containing the bomb threat. The other
consisted of a smiley-face caricature and a cell phone number.
That number led agents to 20-year old Elias Jeremiah Cervantez
of San Antonio. He was arrested Tuesday after meeting with agents
in TX, while visiting family.
"We were just making dumb jokes," Cervantez's roommate, Josh
Michael Gonzales, told the Houston Chronicle. The two young men
thought, "If somebody finds that, it's going to be funny."
"People need to understand that we take these threats very
seriously," Interim U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg told the
Chronicle. "Not funny. Don't do it."
Cervantez now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000
fine. Who's laughing now?
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