Miami-Dade County

Honduran making false bomb threat at MIA to appear in federal court

Woman arrested at airport on Thursday, March 5, 2015.
Woman arrested at airport on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Univision

A Honduran woman accused of making a false bomb threat at Miami International Airport will face charges in federal court on Friday afternoon.

Julissa Magdalena Maradiaga-Iscoa attempted to drive her vehicle through the airport entrance, crashed her car into a Miami-Dade Police patrol car and screamed at officers in what was believed to be Arabic and then, in English — all before falsely claiming she had a bomb, according to authorities.

Miami-Dade police turned over the case to the FBI, which confirmed the federal charges against the 33-year-old Honduran citizen.

“At this time there appears to be no nexus to terrorism,” FBI special agent Michael Leverock said in a statement.

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, authorities at MIA shut down the upper level departure area around Concourse D as they investigated, calling it a “security incident.”

Miami-Dade Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said the woman was driving a silver Toyota in the upper level in the outer loop when she “made a right turn and drove through the inner loop making an intentional attempt to breach airport security by attempting to drive her vehicle through the airport entrance.”

Zabaleta said she then crashed into the police car. When officers arrived, she screamed and said she had explosives. The upper area was evacuated. A search with dogs turned up nothing.

The airport tweeted out late Thursday afternoon that the three lanes on the upper deck were open. By Thursday evening, the area was clear and traffic was flowing smoothly, said airport spokesman Gregory Chin.

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