Manatee deputies: Woman sends fake bomb threat text to neighbor

Nuria Gursoy
Nuria Gursoy

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A woman was arrested for a fake bomb threat after Manatee deputies said she texted her next door neighbor that there was a bomb on his back lanai.

It happened after midnight Sunday on Bird’s Eye Terrace. Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a bomb threat. A resident reported that he got a text message from his neighbor that there was a bomb on his back lanai and it will detonate in an hour.

Deputies talked to the victim, Nicholas Riegel, 40, and his wife Melissa Riegel, 40, and started evacuating the houses in the area.

After the houses were evacuated, deputies went to talk to the neighbor who sent the message. Nuria Gursoy, 50, was escorted outside when she told the deputies the text was an empty threat.

According to MCSO, an E.O.D. canine was used to sweep the area for any devices and did not show any behavior changes indicative of an odor response on anything in the area.

Gursoy was arrested for a false report concerning planting a bomb. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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