Man That Threatened Bay Bridge Suspected A Cheating Wife

"Marital problems" the cause of Thursday's bomb threat

By Mike Anderson
|  Saturday, Nov 13, 2010  |  Updated 9:55 AM PDT
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The man threatening the Bay Bridge Thursday had marital problems.

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The bomb threat on the Bay Bridge Thursday that held up traffic for more than an hour was the result of marriage trouble.

Craig Carlos-Valentino claimed to have explosives, a gun and his teenage daughter in his car Thursday morning, which obviously made it an unpleasant commute for hundreds of people.

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Carlos-Valentino's wife, Jill Carlos-Valentino, sent out a statement that said they were in the process of separation and divorce.

"He has been having a very hard time dealing with this emotionally," she said. "He must have reached his breaking point."

The man's sister, Viviana Carlos, said her brother sent her a text message during the standoff with police. It said he thought his wife was cheating on him and that he was thinking about killing himself.

When Carlos-Valentino called a local radio station with the threat, a bomb squad responded.

Police negotiators eventually convinced the man to get out of his car. He stood on the water side of a concrete barrier near the edge of the bridge for about 30 minutes before surrendering.

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