Jason Kozdra: Third charge filed against Vero Beach man accused of false bomb threat
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
6:26 AM, Jan 20, 2014
8:35 AM, Jan 20, 2014
VERO BEACH, Fla. - A third charge has been filed against a Vero Beach man accused Saturday of making a false bomb threat, according to the Vero Beach Police Department.
Jason Daniel Kozdra, 41, of the 1400 block of 35th Avenue, Vero Beach, was arrested Saturday after police went to an accident at 2:13 p.m. Saturday at southbound U.S. 1 near 33rd Street. Police said they saw a red GMC truck rolled over and the driver, Kozdra, standing on the side of the road.
Police said Kozdra was yelling, "There is a bomb in that car, its ticking and it will blow up any minute." He also claimed the incident was a terrorist attack and he was a member of a terrorist group, according to a police news release.
A witness at the scene said he saw Kozdra's vehicle traveling south on U.S. 1 at a high rate of speed and suddenly veered toward the curb line. The vehicle then flipped over.
Kozdra became violent and was put in a patrol car where police said he continued to claim his vehicle contained a bomb, according to the release. He also made statements indicating several bombs would explode in local schools over the next 12 hours.
In addition to the bomb threats, Kozdra made several life-threatening statements toward local police authorities and local government officials, the release said.
The Saint Lucie County Bomb Squad examined Kozdra's vehicle but did not find any type of explosive devices. Police also said there have been no reports of suspicious incidents or materials found at any local schools.
Kozdra later told police he did not plant any bombs in the schools.
He was charged Saturday with reckless driving and felony false report of planting bomb. On Sunday, the release said he also was charged with felony threaten to throw destructive device. He remains in the Indian River County Jail on more than $2 million bail.