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'Burrito bomb' threat leads to federal charges for man who 'wanted to be sent to prison'

Brian Demarco, 50, was arrested June 13 for allegedly calling in multiple bomb threats to federal buildings in Albuquerque.

 

This may be the first incidence of someone threatening to blow up a building with a burrito.

Brian Demarco, 50, was arrested late last week after he allegedly called the FBI’s Public Access line, based in West Virginia, on June 11 and said he was going to blow up the Albuquerque FBI field office by sending “a burrito with CO2 explosive inside of it,” according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico.

But that wasn’t the only bomb threat Demarco made, according to the complaint. Demarco allegedly threatened another Albuquerque building the next day — and told FBI investigators that he has made “terrorist bomb threats” to California in the past.

And his end goal was to actually wind up behind bars, according to the feds.

“He wanted to be sent to Federal prison,” the complaint said. “The caller said that he wanted the voices and sounds to stop.”

Demarco later told the FBI that he has previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the report said.

One June 12, the Denver MegaCenter, a security monitoring system for the Department of Homeland Security, got a call from a man who said he was going to bomb the Albuquerque Social Security Administration building with a timer bomb containing C-4 plastic explosives, according to the complaint.

The building was evacuated, but no bombs were found.

Investigators traced the call to a Super 8 motel in Albuquerque – the same location Demarco had said he was staying in the day before. FBI agents obtained a search warrant for room 209 in the Super 8 motel, where they found a handwritten note with the Albuquerque FBI phone number on it.

That same day, Demarco called 911 because he was “feeling frantic”, according to the criminal report. The Albuquerque Police Department interviewed him and brought him to the University of New Mexico hospital for a mental health evaluation.

After Demarco was released from the hospital, the FBI interviewed him at the hotel where he admitted to placing both bomb threats to the Albuquerque buildings.

“Demarco stated that he was angry at the U.S. government because the government placed a tracking device inside his head and is watching him, in addition to beaming photons into his head,” the report said.

Demarco was arrested by the FBI as he was boarding a bus to Amarillo, Texas, at the Albuquerque Greyhound bus station on June 13. It was unclear why he was not arrested on June 12 after he allegedly first confessed to making the calls. The Albuquerque FBI declined to comment further because of the ongoing criminal case.

He is currently in federal custody on charges of making threats and conveying false information.