Hamilton man pleads guilty to bomb threats

Frederick Purvis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Frederick Purvis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton man pled guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to making bomb threats against local landmarks.

Frederick D. Purvis, 42, was arrested in November 2008 after threatening to blow up seven Cincinnati-area landmarks, including the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

In the plea agreement Purvis signed, he admits that he drove to a hotel in Fairfield, Ohio on November 13, 2009, logged onto the Internet and created an e-mail account under a fake name. Purvis used the account to send an email to the FBI website claiming that he had planted bombs in seven locations and that the bombs would explode over the upcoming weekend.

Purvis claimed he had placed bombs at Paul Brown Stadium, the Brent Spence Bridge, the Big Mac Bridge, the Old Coney Bridge, the Indiana Kentucky Bridge near Argosy Casino, Argosy Casino, and the airport.

Purvis admitted that on November 14, he checked into a hotel in Erlanger, Kentucky, created another email account and sent an email to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Contact Center claiming that he had placed a bomb at the airport and that it would explode between November 15 and 19.

Members of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) arrested Purvis at an Erlanger, Kentucky hotel on November 20, 2008 without incident. No bombs were ever found.

Each count is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Judge Dlott will set a date for sentencing. Purvis will remain in custody pending sentencing.