Friday, November 29 2013 10:51 AM EST2013-11-29 15:51:33 GMT
A 28-year-old man was behind bars for allegedly prank calling his sister and saying there was a bomb in her car, which prompted authorities to shut down part of Interstate 15 and call in the More >>
A 28-year-old man was behind bars for allegedly prank calling his sister and saying there was a bomb in her car, which prompted authorities to shut down part of Interstate 15 and call in the bomb squad, California Highway Patrol officials said Friday. More >>
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The man police say called in a bomb hoax that left thousands of Thanksgiving commuters stuck in traffic on Interstate 15, was released from jail early Thursday morning and all felony charges against him have been dropped.
Victor Diaz, 28, was initially facing felony charges after calling his sister and telling her there was a bomb in her car. Now the DA and federal authorities have decided not to pursue this case.
Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday a clerk said Diaz was in the process of being released from custody and he was finally released around 3:00 a.m. Thursday.
It's now up to the San Diego city attorney's office to decide whether or not Diaz should be punished for the stunt that caused a massive traffic jam for three hours on one of San Diego's busiest freeways.
Diaz's 27-year-old sister Deanna pulled over and called 911 after receiving frightening phone calls from a number and voice she didn't recognize. Traffic was halted on both sides of I-15 at Miramar Way around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, November 28 while the bomb squad examined her sedan for explosives. They quickly determined the caller was her brother playing a prank.
Initially, the San Diego man was booked on felony charges, including making a threat to cause death and a false bomb report. He's now going to be released from custody while the city attorney considers his future.
"We take every case seriously, so we're obviously going to review the case but other than that I wouldn't be able to comment on the case," Assistant City Attorney Marlea Dell Anno said.
"If the feds decide not to charge, and the district attorney decides not to charge, that must mean they say there's not even enough to charge you. These are not soft-hearted folks. These are folks that look for offenses if they can find them," criminal defense attorney Allen Bloom said.