Lubbock airport contract employee in courtroom bomb threats - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Lubbock airport contract employee in courtroom after making bomb threats


By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A federal magistrate decided Friday that the man accused of making threats to put a bomb at the Lubbock Airport is a flight risk, and will stay behind bars through the weekend. Bone has not been set for 20-year-old Johnathan Ivins. 

Ivins made his first appearance before a judge Friday morning. When asked by KCBD NewsChannel 11, as he was walking into the courtroom, if he even jokingly made threats to blow up a plane, he said yes.

Ivins has been in federal custody since his arrest Wednesday night. Friday morning he was assigned a public defender. Ivins also claimed to hear voices. Given his mental condition, the prosecution says he is a flight risk, therefore, Federal Magistrate Nancy Koenig granted a three day continuance before considering bond. Attorneys filed a motion Friday requesting a psychiatric evaluation.

Forensic investigators searched Ivin's computer and according to the indictment prosecutors allege he visited "questionable, disturbing and bizarre sites," including terrorist Web sites. The motion goes on to read that Ivins admitted to investigators about researching different types of bombs and how to make a timer using an alarm clock.

Airport Aviation Director James Loomis says Ivins raised no red flags when he went through the process to get his access badge. Airport protocol mandates all employees, even those hired by a sub-contractor, like the one Ivins worked for must pass a series of tests which includes a FBI criminal background check and a TSA threat assessment. Loomis says once the FBI alerted airport officials about the investigation they pulled Ivins access badge.

The FBI arrested the Roosevelt High School graduate outside of his Lubbock County home late Wednesday night.

Prosecutors say he posted a message on his YouTube channel last month saying he was going to plant a bomb in one of the vents. Ivins worked for a company contracted by Southwest Airlines to clean their planes.

This is the post word for word included in the indictment:

"I'm building a bomb as you speak. I work at the airport as a Technician. I go inspect planes and get paid $20 an Hour. You think you won. Well I got plans for implanting a 10 hour bomb in one of the vents. Hahahahaha when that plane goes boom you'll know what I'm talking about. I don't care if I get caught. They call me the hero. Your asses is going down I'm just waiting for the right time. I'm also implanting an another bomb somewhere in a big city. Plus there's muslim country's who want to destroy the American satellites. I look too much of american but I have a quarter of a muslim in me plus 1/16 of a jew in me so. Don't worry you'll go your turn f...... Yankee doodle dandy."

Ivins is charged with one count of imparting and conveying false information regarding the destruction of an aircraft, one count of making a bomb threat and one count of false information and hoaxes. If tried and convicted, Ivins could face up to 15 years in prison.

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