Arizona man charged in connection to series of hoax threats in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb — An Arizona man has been arrested in connection with a series of threats targeting Omaha schools and businesses last month.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp announced that FBI agents had arrested Andrew Isaac Abrams of Tucson on Thursday. Sharp's office said Abrams was detained on a complain that charged him with transmitting a series of threats in interstate commerce on April 23.

The threats, which caused multiple evacuations, were directed toward Millard Public Schools, Elkhorn Schools, Westside Community Schools, Union Pacific Railroad and the Douglas County Courthouse.

If convicted, Abrams could face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release for each count of conviction.

“Hoax threats directed at schools and businesses cause fear and put people at risk. It’s not a joke, it's a crime. Hoax threats disrupt school, waste limited law enforcement resources, and put first responders in unnecessary danger. The FBI takes each threat seriously. We will always work along with our law enforcement partners to investigate, identify, and apprehend the perpetrators responsible for hoax threats like this one,” said FBI Omaha Special Agent in Charge Eugene Kowel.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Omaha Police Department, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office