CORPUS CHRISTI–A second man was charged Thursday in the Valero Refinery bomb threats in Corpus Christi that happened last October.
Erasmo Luna, 26, of Robstown was arrested after a federal indictment was unsealed by a federal judge.
Luna turned himself in to authorities following a search of his Robstown home by agents of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in cooperation with the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office and Robstown Police Department.
The indictment includes two counts of solicitation to commit a crime of violence. These counts allege that on two separate dates Luna solicited, commanded, induced and persuaded another person to convey a threat to damage or destroy one or more buildings owned by Valero Refining in Corpus Christi.
“The disruption, fear and waste of resources generated by hoax bomb threats is especially burdensome during these austere economic times,” said FBI Agent in Charge Stephen Morris. “We will continue to work cooperatively and aggressively with our partners to bring to justice those who break the law.”
Luna faces up to five years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $125,000 on each count, if convicted.
Jose Padilla, 19, of Robstown, previously pleaded guilty to using a telephone to communicate bomb threats to the Valero Refinery in Corpus Christi.
Padilla admitted that on Oct. 25, 2011, using a telephone he relayed to an individual at the Valero Refinery that “there’s a bomb in complex six.” Padilla also acknowledged he called the refinery a second time at 3:20 p.m. and again six minutes later at 3:26 p.m. Padilla reported “there’s a bomb in complex six and seven.”
At 6:08 a.m. on Oct. 28, Padilla admitted to again calling the Valero Refinery and claiming “there’s a bomb in complex six. It’s going to blow up between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m.” When the Valero employee tried to ask him a question about the bomb he replied with profanity and added that the “bomb is going to go and you need to clear complex six.”
In response to the threats Valero security, law enforcement personnel and bomb detection dogs were dispatched.