NEWARK – A private security guard contracted by NBA Properties, Inc., an affiliate of the National Basketball Association, was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home detention with electronic monitoring for making several hoax bomb threats to a Secaucus NBA Properties office, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
José Quesada, 20, of Elizabeth previously pleaded guilty to knowingly providing false information indicating that malicious damage by means of an explosive would take place. The defendant – who had been hired to provide office security for the building – entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge José L. Linares, who also imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to court documents and statements made in Newark federal court, Quesada made several calls to the NBA Properties office from his cell phone over a two-day period beginning July 26, 2010, leaving multiple voicemail messages saying that he was going to blow up the building and kill people. In one July 26 call, Quesada stated: “. . . I put a bomb outside. . . Gonna kill all the NBA. . . . There’s a bomb outside the complex in the parking lot. I put a bomb outside in the bush. No way out. Gonna blow up at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. Good luck. . . If you come out, it will blow up . . . ”
Due to Quesada’s actions, the building was evacuated while law enforcement and K-9 units searched the area for hours. No explosive devices were discovered. Additional security measures were put in place following the threats.
In addition to the prison term and home detention, Linares sentenced the defendant to serve three years of supervised release.
Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and the Secaucus Police Department with the investigation. He also praised the Hudson County and Secaucus Offices of Emergency Management for their response to the threat.