Man accused of extortion after threatening to contaminate water supplies of four cities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man who already served prison time for a bomb threat is back in trouble for threats to area water supplies.

Manuel Garcia, 69, is charged in a federal criminal complaint with attempting to extort money from the FBI, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City.

Garica allegedly called the 911 line answered by call takers at the Kansas City Missouri Police Department on Oct. 15.

He claimed the water supplies would be contaminated with a substance in large tanks in Kansas City, St. Louis, Wichita and Topeka.

Garcia allegedly made the same call that same day to Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Joint Support Operations Center in Washington D.C., according to the news release.

Garcia made a repeat call to the Kansas City 911 center on Tuesday.

An FBI agent recognized Garcia's voice on the calls.

Agents found Garcia Wednesday and asked him about the threats.

He allegedly told them two associates of his, Raul and Shariff, were the duo who would contaminate the water supplies, the news release states.

The agents also listened as Garcia said the substance was tested on horses and killed them, according to the release.

Garcia told the agents he wanted immunity and $10,000 to try to find the men.

This is not the first time Garcia has been in trouble for threats.

A judge sentenced Garcia to 18 months in jail after a bomb threat hoax in 2010.

He put two phone books in a cooler and put the cooler at a side entrance to the federal courthouse in downtown Kansas City.

Garcia called 911 and said the cooler was going to explode.

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