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Westchester man charged with making false bomb threat against White House

August 17, 2009 |  1:36 pm

Standoff

A man who allegedly threatened to blow up the White House and then got into a standoff with law enforcement officers for several hours near the Federal Building in West Los Angeles was charged today with making a false bomb threat.

Joseph Moshe, 56, of Westchester was also charged with making attempted criminal threats, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Moshe, who is being held on $70,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon. 

If convicted on all charges, Moshe faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison, Robison said.

Last Wednesday, Moshe allegedly called Los Angeles police and threatened to blow up the White House, police said. He also threatened an LAPD communications employee after she refused to give him her name.

The next day U.S. Secret Service agents and LAPD officers tried to visit Moshe, but he allegedly drove away in a Volkswagen and didn’t stop until he was near the Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire Boulevard.

Police cornered Moshe in the parking lot, where he remained in his car for several hours during a standoff with officers of several agencies. He was arrested after SWAT officers used a Taser gun to incapacitate him, police said.

-- Carlos Lozano

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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