Police arrest man accused of making bomb threat at Doral restaurants

DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have released the 911 call of a man who called to report bombs would explode at three different Doral restaurants.

According to Doral Police, at 8:08 p.m., on Sept. 15, Desmond James called 911 and claimed three bombs would explode at three restaurants in Doral in 30 minutes after the call.

The three restaurant were Bulla Gastrobar, Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market and PIOLA.

In the phone call, James could be heard telling the 911 operator about the supposed bomb.

Suspect: “There’s a bomb set to go off in Doral … at three restaurants.”

911 operator: “What restaurants, sir?”

Suspect: “Dragonfly, Piola and Bulla.”

911 operator: “Where are the bombs located, sir?”

Suspect: “You have 30 minutes.”

911 operator: “Where are the bombs located?”

Suspect: “I just told you.”

Out of an abundance of caution, police evacuated the restaurants and used bomb-sniffing dogs to search all three locations. Other neighboring businesses were also evacuated. However, police said they were unable to find any explosive devices.

Police said detectives from Doral, along with the FBI and Miami-Dade Police’s Cyber Crime Unit investigated and were able to trace the call to James.

According to police, when questioned, James, an employee at one of the restaurants, admitted to calling in the bomb threat and claimed that he planned to blow up the restaurants to kill himself. He added that if he could not create the explosion, he planned to engage officers to force them to shoot him.

James reportedly has a criminal record with a previous arrest for a bomb threat.

James was arrested soon after and now faces charges of making bomb threats, unlawful use of communication devices and misuse of the 911 system.

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