Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Los Angeles Police Arrest Hoax Bomb Threat Suspect NR12591rlLos Angeles: On December 18, 2012, the Los Angeles Police responded to numerous bomb threats in the Mid-City area. At about 02:00 a.m., Olympic Area police officers initially responded to a bomb threat call at 3663 Wilshire Blvd, specifically a Jewish house of worship at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. The threat came from a local pay phone, into the Department’s Communication Division. Officers responded and searched the temple grounds and found no suspicious devices. At about 8:00 a.m., officers received an additional call of a bomb threat in the same area. Officers responded and met with security officers from the temple who provided information of a suspicious individual, who “appeared to be hiding and secreting himself behind the police vehicle” that had been parked in the area of Harvard Ave north of Wilshire Boulevard. LAPD Bomb Squad and Major Crimes Division, Criminal Conspiracy Unit (CCS) investigators responded and managed the threat. Bomb technicians utilized robotics to safely approach the police vehicle. Additionally, the Batcat was used to lift the vehicle to search the bottom of it. Ultimately, bomb tech approached the vehicle and rendered it safe.
This incident involved numerous police and fire personnel to investigate this incident and to protect the community at large. Traffic in the area was adversely affected, as Wilshire Blvd around Harvard Avenue was closed for hours. Numerous residences and businesses were displaced for the safety of the community.
After hours of investigation, CCS detectives eventually identified Suspect Wan Ryung Song DOB 10/06/66 (AKA Patrick Song), a 46 year old naturalized citizen who had emigrated to the United States at the age of six from South Korea, as the perpetrator of the bomb threats. Detectives discovered that Song phoned them in from a nearby pay phone located at the Hyun Dae Health Spa, located 3625 Wilshire Blvd., and confirmed he was a registered member of the health spa.
CCS detectives subsequently located Song and arresting him. The investigation revealed that Song perpetrated an additional previously reported hate crime (vandalism) against the Wilshire Boulevard Temple synagogue which depicted a Swastika and corresponding anti-Semitic rant on December 6th, 2012.
Song was booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center for 148.1 (A) PC- False Bomb Threat to Police. On December 19, 2012, CCS detectives met with Deputy District Attorney Kranze who filed (4) counts of 148.1(c) PC Bomb threat, (1) count vandalism at a house of worship, and (1) count of a hate crime, raising his bail to $170,000.00. Defendant Song was arraigned on 12/20/2012 at Criminal Courts Building, Division 30. (DR No. 22021647 Booking No. 3404880)
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Detective Ester Kunz, Major Crimes Division, Criminal Conspiracy Unit at (213) 486-7220. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.