Arrests in Scottsdale schools bomb threats


by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 10:40 AM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Police have arrested three California men accused of calling in bomb threats to two high schools in Scottsdale on Tuesday.

Police believe the suspects committed the threats to lure police away from the downtown Scottsdale area so they could rob a coin shop.

The suspects are Daniel Alberto Verdin, 25; Davyd G. Jimenez, 44 and Sanches Moises Ortiz, 25.

They allegedly called 911 and said there were bombs on the campuses of Chaparral High School and Desert Mountain High School.

The school resource officers at each campus began a cursory search of the campus looking for any suspicious persons or objects.

Additional patrol officers responded to each campus to assist with security and the search.

A staff member at Desert Mountain High School found an unattended backpack in a bathroom on campus. School officials began a procedural lockdown as a precaution.

A Scottsdale police dog was used to determine that the backpack posed no threat. After about 20 minutes the lockdown was lifted.

While police were on each campus, the school offices received additional telephone threats similar to what the 911 call center received. Classes resumed as police remained on campus for the remainder of the school day.

Police used telephone records and other investigative techniques to track down the suspects outside the A-1 Coins coin store on Main Street near 75th Street.

Police searched their vehicle and found evidence of the bomb threat, including packaging from the prepaid phone used to call in the threats, and a handgun.

That prepaid phone was also used to call the coin shop earlier in the day, according to police.

Steve Rye, owner of A-1 Coins, says the scheme was surprising, but not impressive.

"They forgot a few key ingredients, like the number could be traced even if they couldn't identify the owner," Rye remarked.