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Email bomb threat hits North Laguna resident

On Thursday, Dec 13, at 11:43 a.m., at the 1000 block of N Coast Hwy, a person that lives in the same building as the Guitar Shoppe reported receiving an email bomb threat sent to her personal email, extorting money.

According to police reports, she said, “They are trying to extort money from [me] – if the subject does not receive the money, he is going to blow up the building.”

The woman reported that she didn’t believe the email was legitimate but wanted to report it just in case. The woman rents an apartment at the location and works out of her home.

The email read, “Explosive device petrol has been carried into your building. If any unusual activity is noticed my mercenary will activate the bomb.”

The person demanded $20,000 by the end of the day or the building would be blown up. 

The threat also stated, “We are not terrorist [sic] and do not assume responsibility of other explosives at other buildings. A mercenary is in the area watching. He will be called off when the payment is made in full.”

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “This was the day people and places all over the US were receiving bomb threats. This was a scam and sent to a personal email with no direct affiliation or threat to the specific business.

Kidnapping threat by caller from Mexico thwarted

On Friday, Dec 14, at 12:48 p.m., at the 1200 block of Park Ave, a Laguna Beach resident received a phone call from a Mexico based phone number claiming her child was kidnapped and a demand for money was made. 

“The reporting party stated she could hear a child crying in the background but knew the child’s voice did not sound like her children’s voices,” Sgt Cota said. “SRO Corporal Ashton was able to confirm that the reporting party’s kids were actively in school: Thurston and TOW.”

Sgt Cota explained that this phone call was a scam consistent to the recent ones that have been ongoing in our country. LBPD investigations was advised of the incident and a report was taken.

As reported in Police Files last spring, for over three consecutive weeks spanning from the end of April to mid-May, several women in Laguna were targeted in a virtual kidnapping scam, a billion-dollar crime that continues to stalk the country. 

“If anybody receives a telephone call or email that they find suspicious in the least, please call the police department and we will verify the information you are receiving or the person that is calling you,” said Sgt Cota. “Don’t give credit card information, don’t give your social security number, and if at any point, you don’t recognize the number, the person or the company contacting you, call us to verify they are legit. One of our staff will personally call that number to make sure they are who they say they are.”

In most cases, the best course of action is to hang up the phone and call 9-1-1. For more tips and information, contact Sgt Cota at (949) 497-0701 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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