LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A contract employee who worked at Preston Smith International Airport was arrested by FBI agents late Wednesday at his home on charges in a federal indictment alleging he threatened to bomb an airplane.
20-year-old Johnathan Ivins cleaned airplanes for one of the airlines operating out of the airport.
The indictment states that on April 1st, Ivins posted a YouTube comment stating that he intended to place a "destructive device" on an airplane. According to a news release from United States Attorney James T. Jacks, his comment was:
"I'm building a bomb as you speak. I work at the airport as a Technician. I go inspect planes and get paid $20 an Hour. You think you won. Well I got plans for implanting a 10 hour bomb in one of the vents. Hahahahaha when that plane goes boom you'll know what I'm talking about. I don't care if I get caught. They call me the hero. Your asses is going down I'm just waiting for the right time. I'm also implanting an another bomb somewhere in a big city. Plus there's muslim country's who want to destroy the American satellites. I look too much of american but I have a quarter of a muslim in me plus 1/16 of a jew in me so. Don't worry you'll go your turn f...... Yankee doodle dandy."
Ivins is charged with one count of imparting and conveying false information regarding the destruction of an aircraft, one count of making a bomb threat and one count of false information and hoaxes.
If convicted, the bomb threat count carries a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each of the other two counts carries a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, upon conviction.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dick Baker of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lubbock, Texas.
Ivins will make his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.