A 17-year-old Houston-area teen was arrested Sunday, Aug. 12, for allegedly making a terrorist threat on Snapchat just before his plane left for Guatemala.
Hector Fernando Fonseca could now face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the felony charge.
According to court documents, the teen posted messages on the app on Aug. 2, saying, “Blown this [expletive] up.” A second post that showed the teen holding his passport read, “Time to blow up the plane.” He also used smiley face and bomb emojis.
A Snapchat employee contacted the FBI on Aug. 4, and the federal investigators immediately began looking into it and were able to trace the posts to Fonseca.
FBI and border agents sent screenshots of the teenager’s social media posts to Houston police, who made plans to arrest Fonseca upon his return home from the weekend.
He is being held on $10,000 bond.
In the charging documents, the airport would have been shut down if it had been made aware of the threats before Fonseca left the country.