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San Gabriel Valley Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Bomb Threat to Security Guard at Bank in El Monte

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

LOS ANGELES – A San Gabriel Valley man pleaded guilty today to sending a bomb threat to a security guard El Monte last year and nearly two weeks later sending a fake bomb threat to himself in an unsuccessful effort to evade detection by law enforcement.

Daniel Isaac Gonzalez, 23, of Montebello, pleaded guilty to one count of making a threat, and conveying false information, through interstate commerce to kill another person and to damage and destroy buildings by means of an explosive.

According to his plea agreement, on July 13, 2023, Gonzalez knowingly and willfully sent a bomb threat and conveyed false information via text message to the victim, a security guard at Cathay Bank in El Monte. The text message falsely stated, “I put a bomb where u work [expletive] I know where u work bank.”

On July 26, 2023, Gonzalez knowingly and willfully sent another bomb threat via text message, this time to his own work telephone while he was working at Cathay Bank in El Monte. The text message falsely stated, “This Michael you did me dirty. I put a bomb by your job guy [expletive] you and see you in hell bitch. -anonymous 909.”

Gonzalez admitted in his plea agreement that the threats and false information concerned an attempt to kill, injure, and intimidate the victim, and to unlawfully damage and destroy a building and other property by means of an explosive. He also admitted that his conduct resulted in a substantial disruption of public, governmental or business functions or services.

United States District Judge Wesley L. Hsu scheduled an October 25 sentencing hearing, at which time Gonzalez, who remains free on bond, will face a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the El Monte Police Department investigated this case.

Assistant United States Attorneys Alexander H. Tran of the General Crimes Section and Daniel H. Weiner of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section, are prosecuting this case.


Ciaran McEvoy
Public Information Officer
(213) 894-4465

Updated June 28, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-154