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Tampa Man Indicted For Making A Bomb Threat To A Congressional Office

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

Tampa, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Rigoberto Albizar Martinez (56, Tampa) with making a telephonic threat to damage and destroy a building with an explosive. If convicted, Martinez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. 

According to the indictment, on May 1, 2024, Martinez called the District Office of a Member of the United States House of Representatives. During the call, Martinez threatened to place a bomb in the Congressional member’s Tampa office.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.          

This case was investigated by the United States Capitol Police – Threat Assessment Section. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joe Wheeler III.

Updated May 20, 2024