Houston man charged in threats against synagogues

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man has been charged with calling in fake bomb threats to two synagogues.

Federal prosecutors say a complaint unsealed Thursday names 32-year-old Dante Phearse. He faces an initial court appearance Friday in Houston.

Prosecutors say bomb threats were called in to two Houston synagogues on April 30. The caller left voice mails with Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation Or Ami saying both would be bombed on May 2.

Investigators didn't immediately say what led them to Phearse. He's charged with using an instrument of interstate commerce to communicate a threat to destroy a building by means of an explosive device.

If convicted Phearse faces up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

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