Man arrested in Lubbock, charged with threatening to blow up Statue of Liberty

Published: Aug. 19, 2015 at 7:19 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 19, 2016 at 10:19 PM CST
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Jason Paul Smith, 42 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Jason Paul Smith, 42 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - He'll be heading back to New York to face charges, but a man accused of threatening to blow up the Statue of Liberty is now behind bars at the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Authorities arrested Jason Paul Smith on Wednesday morning. He's accused of making the threat in April.

According to investigators, Smith used a service that assists the hearing impaired to call to 911 in New York City,

The caller identified himself as "Abdul Yasin" and described himself as an ISIS terrorist.

That led authorities to evacuate the Liberty Island, but no explosives were found.

The FBI's joint terrorism task force investigated this case, but, a spokesperson says the arrest involved cooperation from several agencies.

David Orozco with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force said, "The Joint Terrorism Task Force takes these matters very seriously. As Lt. Culver said, it's a huge drain on resources. To call in a hoax threat hold a maximum of five years punishment."

Investigators say they were able to track Smith to Lubbock via his iPad.

Smith did make his first appearance in Lubbock Federal Court on Wednesday.

He's been assigned a public defender, and has another court appearance scheduled on Friday.

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