MIAMI (CBSMiami) – What started as a threat to a Jewish Museum ballooned into a multi-agency investigation, stretching from West Miami-Dade to Miami Beach.
Miami-Dade Police said they received information Thursday that an FIU student sent out a text message “that he wanted to raise havoc at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on Miami Beach.”
Miami Beach Police responded to the museum and searched it. Though the area was deemed safe, an evening event at the museum was canceled.
“We didn’t want to bring people to a place that was targeted by those targets and put anyone at risk for unnecessary risk,” said Lior Haiat, the consulate general of Israel.
Back at the university, the FBI, with the help of FIU Police, Miami Beach Police, ATF and the Miami-Dade Police Department Homeland Security Bureau, was led to 21-year-old Oscar Aguayo, the student who reportedly made the threat.
Investigators met Aguayo at his classroom, where he was detained.
While being questioned, FIU Police K-9 was alerted to possible explosives in the Aguayo’s white Honda Accord, which was located in the FIU Blue Garage at the Modesto Maidique Campus.
The garage was evacuated while the Miami-Dade Police Department Bomb Squad searched the car and swept the area. A few hours later police gave the all clear.
At this time, the student is still being questioned and charges are pending.
His motivation for making a threat is still unclear.