Florida: luckless casino visitor threatens with bomb

A 54-year-old American woman threatened a bomb attack in a Florida casino. Previously, the older woman had lost a few hundred dollars on the slot machines. She was so angry about this that she threatened with a bomb on her cell phone. But what punishment does the hapless casino visitor now have to expect?

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa

First, the 54-year-old was a guest at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. After losing an amount of $ 380 here, she was so angry that she threatened a bomb attack. To do this, she contacted the casino by phone and threatened with a bomb. The police in Clearwater (US state Floria) arrested the woman a little later. The location of her cell phone led the investigators on the trail of Adele B.

Impulse control disorder as an explanation for the bomb threat?

As the Clearwater Police Department announced, the perpetrator Adele B. stated that she suffered from a so-called impulse control disorder and therefore carried out the bomb threat. In addition, Adele B. stated that she had no knowledge of how to build or detonate a bomb. Nevertheless, the 54-year-old employee and guests at the casino were terrified and had to answer in court.

The Clearwater Police Department summarized what happened as follows:

“When Adele B. lost $ 380 on slot machines at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino that week, she got angry. After the woman returned to her hotel room from visiting the casino, she was finally overwhelmed by her admitted outbursts of anger.

Adele B. was arrested a few hours after the crime

After Adele B. threatened the casino with a bomb over the phone, the casino staff immediately informed the police. The officers then managed to locate the cell phone that was registered on the suspect. The result: Just a few hours after the threatening phone call, Adele B. was arrested by police officers at her hotel in Clearwater. The woman shows herself confessing.

Nevertheless, the 54-year-old could face up to 15 years imprisonment in the worst case. In addition, if convicted, there could be a fine of $ 10,000. The police department accuses the woman of violating Chapter 790 of the Florida Statutes.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tempa opened in 2004 and is located in the US state of Florida. The casino is around 190,000 square meters, making it the sixth largest casino in the world. Over 5,000 slot machines and 110 table games are offered here.

Incidents of bomb threats in casinos are increasing

In the recent past there have been several bomb threats in American casinos. Most recently, a security guard at the Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino in Louisiana threatened his employer twice with a bomb attack. So far, no details are known about the background.


It is very likely that the act of the 54-year-old is an act of affect or a short-circuit act. After her loss of a total of 380 US dollars, she was so upset that when she got back to the hotel she picked up her cell phone and made a bomb threat. For this she will now have to answer in court. Here it will also have to be determined to what extent their impulse control disorder could have been partly responsible for the act.

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