‘Time To Blow Up The Plane’: Texas Teen Arrested For Terroristic Threat in Houston

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‘Time To Blow Up The Plane’: Texas Teen Arrested For Terroristic Threat in Houston

A youngster from the better Houston space was arrested Sunday for allegedly making a risk to explode an airliner he had boarded. Hector Fernando Fonseca might now withstand 10 years in jail if convicted of the prison prices filed in opposition to him.

Fonseca, 17, and his father have been on the George Bush Intercontinental Airport on August 3 in Houston, and so they have been about to board their United Airlines flight to Guatemala when the teenager posted to Snapchat.

His first submit learn, “blown this —- up,” in accordance with court docket paperwork and KHOU TV in Houston. The submit additionally included a picture of his footwear and shorts contained in the terminal at Bush Airport.

A second submit learn, “time to blow up the plane” simply earlier than the son and father boarded their aircraft, in accordance with court docket paperwork.

Both posts have been accompanied by a smiley face and a bomb emoji.

'Time To Blow Up The Plane': Texas Teen Arrested For Terroristic Threat in Houston
The teenager posted “Time to blow up the plane” on his Snapchat account. Frank Peters/Getty

A Snapchat worker contacted the FBI on the next day, and the federal investigators instantly started trying into it. However, the teenager had already left the nation.

Investigators traced Fonseca’s person ID to his neighbor’s house within the Houston suburb of Humble. The neighbor recognized Fonseca, in accordance with ABC 13 in Houston.

“Immediately upon questioning … he stated that he knew why law enforcement was speaking to him and that it was regarding the Snapchat post made by Hector Fonseca,” court docket paperwork learn.

'Time To Blow Up The Plane': Texas Teen Arrested For Terroristic Threat in Houston
An indication for George Bush Intercontinental Airport is seen in Houston as airports steadily resume operations on August 30, 2017. Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

FBI and border brokers distributed screenshots of {the teenager}’s social media posts to Houston police, who have been ready for him when he arrived again in Houston over the weekend.

Fonseca appeared at a listening to on Sunday, and native prosecutors requested the teenager be held with out bond. The listening to officer set bond at $10,000, nonetheless, saying she didn’t consider the teenager would really “blow up the airport.”

“It’s unlikely he was going to blow up the airport he was at,” Lisa Porter mentioned. “I believe he is only a child popping off, however I’m not 100 p.c positive. I’d prefer to know if he has any bomb-making skill. Maybe get a search warrant and go over there and examine that out.

ABC 13 in Houston reported that had the risk been seen earlier than Fonseca’s flight departed, then the airport would have come to a whole cease. All inbound and outbound planes would have been grounded, non-emergency personnel within the airport would have been evacuated and airport operations would have shut down.

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