NEWPORT NEWS — A New York resident has been sentenced after repeat threats to bomb Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) (the part previously known as Langley Air Force Base) in Hampton.
D’Carlo Nimis Deluca, 51, called the New York Police Department (NYPD) on February 22, 2021 at 6:32 a.m. threatening to “blow up” the U.S. Air Force base. Eleven minutes following this initial call, Deluca called the base directly and reported that there was a bomb in a building located on base. As a result, the U.S. Air Force cleared portions of the base and expended resources in order to ensure that the areas were secure. At 1:00 p.m. that same day, Deluca again made another threat which resulted in portions of the base needing to be cleared for the second time.
According to the office of United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Virginia Jessica D. Aber, Deluca has a history of making threats of violence or “immediate emergency activity.” During the time in which the threats were made, he was also under a federal court supervision issued by the Southern District of New York. This stemmed from threats made to “blow up” Trump Tower in New York City as well as the White House.
Aber’s office also notes that Deluca has made dozens of threats, including to kill former President Donald Trump, the former First Lady, and President Biden. When he was arrested in 2020, he was found to be in possession of a pressure cooker, which he sent pictures of himself ordering into a tip line for Washington D.C. law enforcement along with messages that said, “SUSPICIOUS narc packages,” “Ka boom loca en la cabezza,” and “Ka boom.”
On Friday, February 4, Aber’s office announced that Deluca was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for the threats made against Langley.
It is noted that the investigation into Deluca was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Peninsula Safe Streets Task Force, which is a joint partnership between the FBI, Virginia State Police, and the Hampton Police Division, as well as the James City County and Newport News police departments. This Task Force investigates violent crime and criminal enterprises on the Peninsula.
Tips regarding violent crimes or gang activity on the Peninsula can be reported to the FBI by calling (800) CALL-FBI or submitting online at www.fbi.gov/tips.