It looks like the District Attorney’s office will not be filing any charges against the man who decided to play a Thanksgiving Day “joke” on his sister by telling her there was a bomb in her car, prompting the shutdown of a busy San Diego highway and stranding holiday drivers for hours.
From NBC San Diego:
The San Diego District Attorney’s office decided not to file charges Wednesday against a man who made a prank phone call to his sister saying there was a bomb in her car, resulting in a massive law enforcement response and the shutdown of Interstate 15 on Thanksgiving.
Originally, Victor faced felony charges for making a false bomb threat. He was supposed to be arraigned on Wednesday, but the case took another turn when the DA’s office ultimately chose not to file charges.
The case will now be passed onto the San Diego City Attorney’s office for review. At this point, the prankster’s case can be reduced to misdemeanor charges for making a criminal threat. He may also still face hefty fines.
Officials said Victor will likely be released from jail Wednesday night, and will receive a letter in the mail notifying him of the next steps in his case.
Victor Diaz had called his sister Deanna from a number that she did not recognize (and apparently in a disguised voice), and told her there was a bomb in her car. His sister then pulled over and called 911, triggering a law enforcement response that included multiple agencies and bomb sniffing dogs, and shut down the highway and snarled traffic for several hours on Thanksgiving Day.
That call was followed by another one, threatening to follow her home.
The brother had not realized just how far his prank had escalated until he arrived at their family’s home for Thanksgiving and heard about the traffic jam and police response when he asked where his sister was, according to NBC San Diego.
Ultimately it was determined that the calls were from the brother, whom police confirmed was very apologetic over the whole ordeal. He arrived on the scene when authorities asked to question him and was promptly arrested.
This likely wasn’t the Thanksgiving that the siblings and their family had been expecting. Nor the stranded drivers.
For now anyway, it looks like Victor Diaz has caught a bit of a break, at least until the city attorney’s office decides what it will do. And then of course, it sounds like he’s got his family members to contend with.DONATE
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