Fiesta Mall Employee Writes Bomb Threats, Cops Say; Was Just Looking for Attention
Image: Mesa Police
It's another boring day working at Fiesta Mall. What to do for excitement?
If you're Jose Gonzalez, a mall employee who's in a peck of trouble right now, you write a scary threat on a bathroom wall: A bomb will go off at 7:34 p.m.
The time sounds too precise to be fake, right? Cops say Gonzalez reported the threat to management, who reported it to police just before 5 p.m. The cops come out, but nothing much happens. A little searching around. No evacuation or anything. Boooring.
So, cops say, Gonzalez wrote and "discovered" another note about 7 p.m. that said something to the effect of, "It's almost time to blow."
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This time, cops decided to do some digging on Gonzalez, and discovered he'd been arrested last year for "falsely reporting a robbery," says a police write-up of the incident. (Note on that write-up: Mesa police spokesman Steve Berry tells us it should say "7:34 PM," not AM). Gonzalez reportedly admitted he "wanted the attention."
Cops snark a bit on Gonzalez at the end of their release:
He received the attention he was looking for and was booked for Felony False Reporting and Threats.
Lucky for him it was just a mall, not a school -- that's where the serious charges can stack up.
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