Tense Moments After Bomb Threat Aboard Valley Metro Bus

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Port Isabel (KFXV) — Reports of a threat in Port Isabel causes fear and confusion among some of its residents. It also prompted temporary closure of it main highway and surrounding businesses.
Port Isabel police arrested 54-year-old, Angel Gomez after making a false bomb threat on board a Valley Metro Bus.

Police say the caller reported that one of the passengers claimed he had a bomb in his backpack. Officers arrived at the bus stop near the intersection at Highways 100 and 48 just as the bus was nearing this location on its way back from South Padre Island.The bus driver and passengers, including the suspect, Angel Gomez, exited the bus.

The incident prompted the temporary closure of Highway 100 as well as the entire shopping center was blocked during the investigation. The scene was cleared after two hours with the help of the Brownsville Police Bomb Squad. For those that rely on public transportation, these threats can be terrifying.

Police say Gomez is currently behind bars – facing a terrorist threat and false report of a bomb.
Authorities say this type of behavior will not be tolerated especially when it could put other people’s lives in danger.

Tense Moments After Bomb Threat Aboard Valley Metro Bus

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  1. For a first time incident like this it would appear everyone did the right thing. It also allowed the cities effected to test their response plans, and perhaps today they can do what is called a hot wash to discuss what changes they may want to make to their response plan. Use this event as a great training problem, and learn from it. As soon as possible the responders to this event should put out a report and if possible offer a training program to other cities in the Valley on the good and the bad things learned from this event. Police and local governments should use negative events like this to train off of, so they can be handled better in the future.

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