A man previously convicted of making bomb threats is the sole suspect in a series of threatening phone calls. Last week , Covina, Monrovia, Duarte and Arcadia police departments received phone calls suggesting he wanted to kill people with his AK-47.
26 year old Gerardo Cortez is accused of making criminal threats and false reports of an emergency to hospitals, Santa Fe Middle School, Santa Anita Mall, Duarte High and Arcadia High.
We spoke to a man who claimed to be Cortez' brother. Javier Mamoleo says his brother could not have been the one responsible for those calls. He pointed to a boy inside the apartment and said, he goes to that Santa Fe Middle school. He went on to suggest that Gerardo wouldn't do something that was essentially against his nephew. But he admitted that his brother had been convicted for a similar crime.
Cortez was convicted in October 2012 for making threats against a middle school in Pasadena. He was released from jail in June. Mamoleo said he did it "because he was mad" and said he had mental problems. But does he own a gun, I asked. No, said Mamoleo.