Man accused of phoning in bomb threats to Orleans courts, schools

A man who authorities say called in several bomb threats to New Orleans courthouses and a Treme elementary school in recent days was nabbed Monday night after the FBI and New Orleans police conducted a surveillance operation at a pay phone where he allegedly called in another threat.

Jahvar Hooks called in at least three bomb threats to city courthouses — including at least two to Criminal District and one to Municipal Court — as well as one to Craig Elementary School in Treme, according to Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s New Orleans field office.

Hooks, who turned 30 on Tuesday, has been arrested numerous times in New Orleans dating back to 2001, but never for a crime of violence. He has two arrests for marijuana possession, two arrests related to solicitation of prostitution and one arrest for unauthorized use of a moveable.

He pleaded guilty in at least three of those cases, and received jail sentences of six months or less.

Romig could not immediately say what charges Hooks faces in connection with the recent bomb threats.

The investigation was led by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force with assistance from New Orleans police, she said.