A Manhattan man has been arrested for making dozens of prank 9/11 bomb threat calls to 911 in the days leading up to September 11th. Justin Davidson, 32, has been charged with 61 counts of making a terrorist threat and 61 counts of falsely reporting an incident. "In some cases, he played tracks from movies, like Speed, where the clip said, 'There’s a bomb on the bus,'" Lt. Lucas Miller, of the 13th Precinct, told the News. "In other cases, he simply said he was going to set off a bomb."
Davidson, who lives with his mother in a Second Avenue apartment near East 14th Street, allegedly made more than 360 cell phone calls to 911 starting on September 8th, but he hung-up on the majority of those. Here's an example of one call that didn't include any movie references:
"This is a message for the New York City Police Department,” Davidson allegedly said in one call. “There is a bomb on the New York City Transit. You have until [3 p.m.] on September 10th to find it.
This is not a threat — this is a promise.”
Davidson, who has worked as a security guard, previously did 10 days of community service after he was arrested in 2009 for making six false 911 calls on Staten Island. After he was arrested, he reportedly confessed and apologized for making the calls. The News writes: "He said he started making the calls after watching videos about ISIS and Syria on inforwars.com and that he sometimes used a voice manipulator to mask his real voice, authorities said. Miller said Davidson also admitted watching similar videos on YouTube and that he used a voice manipulator in some of his calls."
It's unclear whether Davidson was responsible for the prank call threatening to destroy 1 World Trade Center with a nuclear bomb a few days before 9/11.
Davidson's lawyer Benjamin Dell didn't dispute that his client made the calls, but said he was "somebody who is in severe emotional and mental distress...I think it goes without saying that Mr. Davidson doesn’t have the capability nor capacity to do anything that is alleged," he added. "I think what this really is, more than anything else from Mr. Davidson, is a cry for help."
And for some context: sixty-one prank calls may sound like a lot, but previous prank callers have gotten in trouble for making over 400 phony complaints because they didn't like their hipster neighbors.