Sharp-Eared FBI Agent Nabs Suspect in Water Threat
Man said KC supply was going to be poisoned
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by Tomorrows_Children
Posted Oct 26, 2013 1:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities in Kansas City, Mo., have arrested a 69-year-old man accused of phoning in threats to the municipal water supply, reports Reuters. But how they caught him is kind of remarkable: An FBI agent recognized his voice from three years ago—when he threatened to bomb the federal courthouse in KC, reports the Kansas City Star. In that case, Manuel Garcia was convicted and sentenced to 19 months in prison.

Authorities paid him a visit this week when his probation officer confirmed that he lived in the general area from which the calls had been placed. They don't think the water supply was ever in actual danger. Garcia told them he knew of two other men who were going to carry out the poisoning and wanted $10,000 to help police track them down. "The chemicals were as fictional as the conspirators in this imaginary plot," says a US attorney handling the case.

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Oct 28, 2013 7:08 PM CDT
Sounds like this guy needs a 1-way trip in the good humor truck to the looney bin to visit his friends for a nice long stay. At a bare minimum, they do need to try him and then convict him on a felony for Guilty While Insane. He can still get treatment but the felon designation automatically activates the protections we need against this demented fruit cake nutcase.
Oct 27, 2013 9:54 AM CDT
Yeah, Kansas City is now the epicenter of new terrorist activity. Time to move to washington d c, or new york city.
Lou Bernardo
Oct 26, 2013 10:34 PM CDT
Somewhere this week there was a report a man peed in the reservoir of some city's water supply and the officials shut the supply off from the lake. No doubt birds flying over the lake, fish and other animals that live on the lake's shore have been put on notice. Some fool, probaly a brainless Liberal, saw the man do it and called the police.