Twenty year old threatens: Florida city of Kissimmee "is going to be bombed by Al Qaeda" homemade bombs found in home
February 25, 2007
Homemade Bombs Found After 'Al Qaeda' Notes Threaten CityKISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Notes threatening that Kissimmee, Fla., would be bombed by al-Qaeda recently found scattered through the city led to the discovery of homemade bombs inside a 20-year-old's home, police told Local 6 News. "The exact message on one of the notes, we are told, (is) 'The city of Kissimmee is going to be bombed by al Qaeda, God willing,'" Local 6's Jamie Guriola said. Some of the notes were found on vehicles parked at the Moose Lodge located on 1019 North Main Street and a vehicle parked at the First Christian Church located at 415 North Main Street. "Each note referenced al Qaeda," the police report said. During an investigation, investigators found explosives at the home of Juan Rafael Diaz, along with other notes threatening to detonate the devices, Local 6 reported. On Jan. 23, detectives learned that a similar note was taped to the front door of the First Christian Church. Local6.com has learned that Diaz was arrested in Dec. 2006 for placing a written note threatening to explode a bomb at SaveRite located at 1532 West Vine Street. He was out on bond for the December arrest. Diaz has been charged with threatening to discharge a destructive device and making, possessing and using a destructive device. He is being held at the Osceola County Jail.