A 17-year-old from Texas has been charged with making a terrorist threat after he allegedly Snapchatted about blowing up a plane before leaving on his flight from Houston to Guatemala.
Hector Fernando Fonseca posted the video on August 2, captioning, “blown this s*** up,” with a photo of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. He added, “Time to blow up the plane.” According to the charging documents, the two photos also included smiley faces and bomb emojis.
Snapchat employees discovered the photos and tipped off the FBI National Threat Operations Center.
The court documents state, “Defendant, heretofore on or about August 3, 2019, did then and there unlawfully, threaten to commit an offense involving, namely, a Bombing upon George Bush Intercontinental Airport and aircraft located in Harris County, Texas, with the intent to cause impairment and interruption of public transportation, place the public in fear of serious bodily injury, and place a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury.”
Snapchat also sent the GPS coordinates of Fonseca’s previous posts to the FBI. On August 4, FBI agents went to the location in Humble, Texas, the home of Fonseca’s friend. According to the document, Fonseca’s friend stated that he knew the agents were in his home because of Fonseca’s threatening posts.
The friend then confirmed that the Snapchat account was Fonseca’s. Authorities were also able to match Fonseca’s passport to one of the threating posts.
Fonseca returned from Guatemala on August 10 and was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony for making a terroristic threat.
Fonseca is being held on a $10,000 bond, and may face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
According to the charging documents, the FBI stated that if they had been made aware of the threats prior to Fonseca’s departure from the country, the airport would have been shut down.