Peruvian authorities have arrested Eddie Manuel Nunez Santos, a Peruvian national, for allegedly making over 150 bomb threats to schools, hospitals, synagogues, and airports across five American states. The threats, which occurred between September 15 and September 21, caused significant disruptions, including flight delays, a hospital lockdown, and the evacuation of approximately 1,100 schoolchildren in Pennsylvania.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, Nunez Santos targeted New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Arizona, and Alaska with his bomb threats. Officials stated that Nunez Santos made these threats in retaliation against three underage girls who refused his request for child pornography. Using the alias “Lucas” and posing as a 15-year-old, Nunez Santos threatened to bomb the girls’ schools or harm them when they rejected his advances.
On September 20, 2023, Nunez Santos sent emails threatening 24 school districts in Pennsylvania, claiming to have placed multiple bombs in their schools. The FBI, through an investigation of phone, email, and IP address data, was able to identify Nunez Santos in Lima, Peru as the perpetrator behind the attacks.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams emphasized that those who engage in such conduct will not find safe haven outside U.S. borders. He stated that law enforcement agencies will work together to locate and prosecute individuals responsible for wreaking havoc on communities.