Two arrested by Boca Raton Police for bomb hoax
Boca Raton, FL – Just before 6:00 pm Friday, July 13, 2012, several officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department responded to calls of a fight in progress. Upon arrival officers made contact with Andre Brown. Brown said he was leaving his apartment at SE 11th Street when he was approached by a man in a business suit carrying a briefcase.
Brown said the individual seemed to be talking on the phone via a Bluetooth device and kept repeating “one minute, 60 seconds.”Brown thought the person, later identified as Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, was talking on the phone. Zdorovetskiy then told Brown the briefcase was a bomb and it was going to blow. Zdorovetskiy set the briefcase down and ran. Brown also ran in the same direction as Zdorovetskiy. After running about 20 yards, Zdorovetskiy told Brown it was a prank and they were videotaping the joke. Brown, who was extremely upset, chased Zdorovetskiy and his partner with the video camera, Jonathan Vanegas. Zdorovetskiy ran off, but Vanegas continued to videotape the incident.
TheBoca Raton Bomb Squad to examined the briefcase and determined it wasn’t a threat. Vanegas told officers he and his friend regularly videotape themselves confronting people for prank videos they upload to YouTube. Vanegas was charged with Principal in the First Degree for aiding and counseling in the possession, display, use and threatened use of a hoax bomb.
Zdorovetskiy, who fled the scene, turned himself into the Boca Raton Police on Monday and was charged with Principal in the First Degree for aiding and counseling in the possession, display, use and threatened use of a hoax bomb.
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Vitaly Zdorovetskiy Jonathan Vanegas
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