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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 24, 2020

Local man in custody for bomb threat

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 73-year-old resident of La Feria has been charged with making a threat to bomb the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Hospital in Harlingen, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Dennis Deane Dailey will appear for his detention hearing Aug. 11 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan.

On July 20, Dailey allegedly called the VA suicide prevention hotline expressing he was having suicidal thoughts. He claimed to be angry and that he planned to shoot employees at the VA hospital in Harlingen, according to the charges. Dailey also allegedly stated he planned to kill people between the ages of 18 and 30 because they are spreading COVID-19. The criminal complaint further alleges Dailey claimed to have “many guns and bombs” and would blow up the VA and kill whoever needed to be killed.

Federal authorities arrested Dailey July 22. He made his initial appearance the following day, at which time he was ordered into custody pending further criminal proceedings.

If convicted, Dailey faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Oscar Ponce is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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Violent Crime
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Updated July 24, 2020