There are many ways to get somewhere if you don’t have a car.
You could ask a friend, take public transportation or request a Taxi, Lyft or Uber. But one thing you should never do is make a fake bomb threat.
It’s A Crime To Request A Ride This Way
A woman named Patricia Lee Bembow was in need of a ride. Seems she was stranded at a gas station around 10:45am in Pensacola, Florida.
We don’t know if she saw the gas station and assumed someone with a full tank might give her a lift. Or if she had just filled a plastic gas container and realized she couldn’t carry it back to her car. Whatever her situation may have been, she decided to deal with it in a highly unusual way.
Allegedly, Bembow called a U.S. Navy Recruiting Station. When a Naval Officer answered, she asked him if she’d reached the government. The she followed up with a threatening, albeit fake bomb threat.
A Ride Or Else
According to the Naval Officer, Bembow said a bomb was hidden at an undisclosed location. She reportedly demanded a ride and insisted that if someone didn’t pick her up, then “(Expletive) would go down.”
This threat was not taken lightly. And the U.S. Navy refuses to be used as a convenient form of public transportation. The man who answered this call shared the upsetting conversation with other Officers. They immediately contacted the local Sheriff’s Department.
As if to make things easier for Authorities, the caller actually provided her real name. It wasn’t long before a police cruiser was rushing towards her at that Florida gas station.
Be Careful What You Ask For
Deputies arrived and found Bembow still waiting impatiently. She was hoping for a ride, but got more than she bargained for.
Her “personal driver” did help her into the back seat of his vehicle, but only after she was placed in handcuffs. We’re not sure where Bembow hoped to go next, but unless it was directly to the County Jail, she did not make it to her preferred destination.
Bembow is being charged with a felony bomb threat. If you ever need to look up important information about someone, including whether or not they have a criminal record for an unusual crime, then visit us for a comprehensive Background Report.
Bembow’s fate remains to be seen. We’re guessing that an “I just wanted a ride” defense won’t go over too well.