Bradenton woman arrested for sending false bomb threat

Posted at 8:14 AM, Sep 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-18 08:15:07-04

Manatee County sheriff's deputies evacuated a Bradenton area neighborhood early Sunday after a couple who live on Birds Eye Terrace received a bomb threat, authorities said.

As it turned out the victims' next door neighbor, who sent the text, later admitted it was a bogus threat and no one was in danger. 

However, the incident was enough to earn the next door neighbor, Nuria P. Gursoy, 50, a trip to the Manatee County Jail on charge of making false report of planting bomb. 

Manatee deputies were dispatched to Birds Eye Terrace shortly after midnight in reference to a call about a bomb threat. When they arrived on the scene, they were told the suspect lived next door.

Gursoy, the suspect, sent Nicholas Riegel a text at just after midnight that said a bomb was on his lanai and it would detonate in one hour, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office news release states. 

As a precaution, deputies started evacuating houses in the area while other deputies interviewed the victims, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office news release states. Deputies approached Gursoy's home and interviewed her after the evacuation was completed. 

She told deputies the text was an empty threat. 

A police dog trained to detect bomb material was called in to sweep the area but found nothing. 

Gursoy was arrested without incident.