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Man Sentenced for False Bomb Threats

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

     TUCSON, Ariz. – Today, Octavio Acosta De La Torre, 43, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David C. Bury to 33 months of imprisonment. De La Torre had previously pleaded guilty to false threats to persons and property using or affecting interstate commerce.


     Between March 21, 2016 and April 1, 2016, De La Torre made approximately 20 false bomb threats to various businesses and government offices in Tucson and in the Phoenix area, including schools and military recruiting stations, resulting in many closures and evacuations.


     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tucson Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Beverly K. Anderson and Cory Picton, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.



RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-016_ De La Torre


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Updated February 21, 2017

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: CR-16-0858-TUC-DCB (JR) / 2017-016_ De La Torre