Lake Wales woman arrested for making fake bomb threat in Winter Haven

Posted at 10:38 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 18:54:14-04

A Lake Wales woman has been charged with calling in a fake bomb threat to the Office of Probation and Parole in Winter Haven in an attempt to keep her boyfriend from submitting a urine sample, officials said.

Deniz Martinez, 31, of Lake Wales, was arrested Tuesday , Sept. 13, on a felony charge of making a false bomb threat report. She was booked into the Polk County jail. 

According to the Winter Haven Police Department, a caller dialed 911 and said a man was in front of the Probation and Parole building at 1289 First St. S. in Winter Haven and was going to blow up the building. 

When the dispatcher began questioning the caller, the call disconnected. Several attempts were made to contact the caller. When that failed, Winter Haven police officers launched efforts to find who made the call.

It was determined the cell phone number belonged to Martinez.

Authorities said Martinez dropped her boyfriend, Jason Drake, 38, at the Probation and Parole Building at 8:30 a.m. for a scheduled urinalysis. When he was unable to provide the urine sample, he had to stay in the building until he could provide a sufficient sample. 

The call regarding the bomb threat was made about 2:42 p.m. Tuesday. 

When it was determined the call was a hoax, some officers stayed with Drake while others were dispatched to locate Martinez. 

When Martinez was contacted at her apartment in Lake Wales, she admitted she called in the bomb threat, so her boyfriend would not have to submit to a urinalysis, a Winter Haven Police Department news release states. 

Martinez was charged with one count of filing a false report concerning planting a bomb.

When Drake failed to provide a urine sample, he was arrested and charged with violation of probation. 

Police officers are investigating to determine whether Drake played a role in the hoax bomb threat.