Janitor arrested for making bomb threats at airport
October 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES — A janitor with ABM Industries Inc., the company contracted to provide janitorial services at the Los Angeles International Airport, has been charged with calling in four bomb threats that required searches of two terminal areas, according to the Daily Breeze.
According to the story, Carlos Rolando Ortiz, who acknowledges he is "crazy in the head," was arrested earlier this week after his father, the head janitor, recognized his son''s voice while listening to recordings of the threats.
Charged with making false bomb threats, Ortiz was released on $20,000 bond and is required to undergo a mental health evaluation before appearing in U.S. District Court next month, the story stated.
Sergeant Jim Holcomb of the Los Angeles Airport Police said: "We do a full search with our bomb-sniffing detection dogs. The whole terminal is gone through. The public often isn''t even aware of it."
The bomb threats began June 11 and continued for roughly two weeks, each time prompting searches of suspected terminals, the story noted.
Ortiz told a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agent he believed his calls would be taken seriously, but he did not think they would lead to searches; in addition to describing himself as crazy, Ortiz said he knew it was wrong to make the calls, the story added.
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