Federal agents arrested a 42 year old man in Lubbock yesterday. According to reports they believe he identified himself as a terrorist to 911 dispatchers in April and called in a bomb threat that caused the evacuation of thousands of people at Liberty Island.
Jason Paul Smith of Smyer appeared without an attorney yesterday before Judge Nancy Koenig in a Lubbock federal courtroom yesterday. According to information unsealed in arrest documents yesterday from the US Attorney’s office accuse Smith of using his Apple I-Pad to call 911 using a service for hearing impaired people and threatening to blow up the Statue of Liberty. Smith reportedly identified himself as a “ISI terrorist.”
Law enforcement officials in New York responded to the threat by evacuating more than 3,200 people from Liberty Island and searching the area for explosives. The threat was determined to be unfounded according to a news release issued by the US Attorney’s office. It is believed that Smith was in West Virginia when he made the initial threat in April and another threat made in May. Investigators believe he moved to Smyer with his girl friend in June. His book in sheet at the Lubbock County Detention Center lists his girlfriends address in Smyer as his residence.
Smith is currently being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center without bond until a hearing set for 3pm Friday.