Derby, CT man admits making bomb threat in 26-floor office building

May 19th, 2010 - 3:33 am ICT by BNO News  

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT (BNO NEWS) – A Connecticut man admits making a bomb threat in a 26-floor office building, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Juan Rivera, Jr., 42, of Derby, Connecticut, who was employed as a maintenance mechanic for United Illuminating at the Connecticut Financial Center, a 26-floor office building located on Church Street in New Haven, wrote two notes on May 22, 2009, claiming that a bomb would go off on that day.

During the course of Rivera’s employment as a mechanic at United Illuminating, he became familiar with tenants that maintained offices in the building, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Probation Office, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the chambers for a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In the first note, he wrote, “a bomb will go off at noon today,” and it was placed on a vending machine located on the fourth floor. The second note, which was placed near a sink in a kitchenette area on the fifth floor, stated that, “a bomb will go off at 1:00 p.m. today.” Both notes were placed in areas open and accessible to tenants or authorized guests.

Riviera said that he had written the notes as a joke on one of his co-workers, but when the first note was found, at approximately 11:23 a.m., local time, the building was evacuated and authorities were called to search the building. During the course of the search of the building, the second note was found; Rivera was not in the building when the two notes were discovered.

Rivera will be facing a maximum prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000 at his sentencing, which is programmed for July 30.

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