South Florida

He threatened to bomb Dadeland Mall, the White House and Fort Knox, feds say

Dadeland Mall
Dadeland Mall

In August, a person who identified himself as “J. Smith” submitted an alarming message on a customer inquiry form to the Dadeland Mall in Kendall.

The Yahoo email read: “Inquiry: Bomb inside easel and mall.”

Miami-Dade police detectives contacted the sender’s internet service provider, Comcast, and traced the inquiry back to a residential address in Southwest Miami-Dade.

“It was me,” admitted Michael Mora, 35, who was arrested this week on charges of making hoax bomb threats.

“I have a bomb in my ear and I can’t get it out,” Mora told police and federal agents on Aug. 21, according to an FBI criminal affidavit. “I need help.”

Investigators asked Mora if he would be willing to go to Jackson Health System South for an involuntary examination under the state’s Baker Act. He agreed to go.

The Dadeland Mall was not shut down that day because of his alleged threat.

Soon, however, investigators learned that Mora sent similar bomb threats to the White House, U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and Fort Knox, according to the criminal complaint filed by prosecutor Marc Anton.

Mora, who was arrested at his home on Monday, is represented by the federal public defender’s office. He is scheduled for arraignment in Miami federal court on Sept. 12.