Peruvian man faces charges for bomb threat hoax in AK, four other states

Published: Sep. 29, 2023 at 9:27 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Last week, a dozen school districts in Alaska received hoax threats, many involving bombs in school buildings, leading to evacuations and school closures.

On Tuesday, September 26, a Peruvian national was arrested in Lima, Peru’s capital, in connection with these incidents.

According to a press release from a U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York, Eddie Manuel Nunez Santos has been charged with making hoax bomb threats.

These threats were made to school districts, airports, hospitals and synagogues around the country, totaling more than 150 threats in all across New York, Connecticut, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Alaska.

He has also been charged with trying to induce nude and sexually explicit photos from a 15-year-old girl.

The U.S. Attorney’s office wrote that the bomb threats were allegedly sent as a form of retaliation against that girl along with other minors who had refused his request for child pornography.

U-S Attorney Damian Williams was quoted as saying, “The defendant allegedly engaged in this reprehensible and socially destructive conduct in a twisted attempt to retaliate against teenage girls who refused his requests for nude and sexually explicit photographs. The charges unsealed today show that those who engage in such conduct, wreaking havoc on our communities, will not find safe haven merely because they do it from outside our borders. Working together with our law enforcement partners, we will find you, and we will prosecute you.”

More information about the charges being faced by Nunez Santos can be found here.