In April 2015, a call was placed to 911 about a bomb at the Statue of Liberty. The caller stated that he was “Abdul Yasin” and an ISIS terrorist. Abdul Yasin is the last fugitive at large indicted for the terrorist bombing in 1993 of the World Trade Center.

As a result of the bomb threat phone call, New York City police with other emergency response teams evacuated over 3,200 people. Canine units specifically trained to locate explosives swept the area around the famous statue on Liberty Island. No bomb was ever located.

FBI Special Agent Identifies Alleged Caller

On Aug. 20, a 42-year-old man was arrested for carrying out the hoax. He is facing charges for conveying false and misleading information and hoaxes, according to local and federal authorities in New York City. A special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the man due to his alleged use of a special service employed by those who have hearing difficulties to make phone calls. The special agent said that the man said he went to a school for the blind and deaf.

This wasn’t the first time for such a phone call. According to the special agent, the man allegedly made multiple calls this year in which there were threats to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge and a Times Square bridge – the latter of which does not exist. In addition, the man has a conviction in 2001 in Virginia for communicating written threats and in 2006, he was convicted in the same court for threatening to burn or bomb buildings.

The man was expected to be in federal court in the Northern District of Texas for his first federal court appearance on Wednesday. Should he receive a conviction for these charges, he could spend as long as five years in prison, according to a Manhattan U.S. attorney.

Serious Jail Time Awaits Those Convicted of Bomb Threat

Just because there was no explosion at the Statue of Liberty does not mean the man is facing a far lighter sentence. From a defense standpoint, with a possibility of five years in prison, it is important that a proper defense strategy is developed. A defense attorney can present a number of criminal defense strategies for these types of charges.