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VTA Suicide Bomb Threat Suspect Quickly Apprehended

On Dec. 14 at 10:58 a.m., Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), public officials and the media were contacted by an individual who threatened a suicide bombing on the transit system.

VTA’s Sheriff officers and security patrol identified the individual and alerted all officers and operators to be on the lookout. A security sweep (all vehicles stopped and searched) was ordered throughout the entire system to ensure safety.

The alleged suspect, San Jose resident San Jose resident Jonathan Keim, who threatened a suicide bombing on the transit system vie email was apprehended and VTA resumed normal service at 12:04 p.m. the same day.

According to multiple media reports, Keim has sent numerous letters and emails to various publications and threatened VTA. Robert Salonga of the San Jose Merciry news reports, “The bomb threat was sent out about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in which the emailer wrote, “I have a bomb strapped to my body. I am going to blow up a transit vehicle of my choosing. You do not know or (sic) where I will strike.”

Other reports indicate that no bomb-making materials were discovered at the suspect’s San Jose home.

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