Former Central Coast man allegedly threatened Planned Parenthood

April 6, 2023


A former Central Coast man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly made repeated death and bomb threats last year, including to a Planned Parenthood office on the day the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade decision, the Justice Department announced today.

Nishith Tharaka Vandebona, 34, who currently lives in Bakersfield, pled not guilt on Wednesday to three misdemeanor counts of threatened forcible intimidation in federal court and two felony counts of transmitting threatening communications. A federal magistrate judge then ordered Vandebona jailed without bond.

“Death threats are never acceptable regardless of what a person believes,” said U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada. “No one should be threatened with death or bodily harm simply because they provide health services or work for a nonprofit.”

From Feb. through June of 2022, Vandebona used an internet application to create anonymous telephone numbers to make the threatening calls, according to the indictment.

During the spring of 2022, there was news coverage that the Supreme Court was considering overturning Roe, its 1973 decision that recognized a constitutional right to abortion, after an initial draft of the new opinion was leaked.

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court published a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe and ruled that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.

That day, using an anonymous number, Vandebona left a voicemail message containing death threats with Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, a Santa Barbara-based reproductive health services organization, the indictment alleges.

A day later, Vandebona allegedly called Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and said, “I’m calling to let you know that I’m going to come in there and kill all of you, including your staff and your security. You got it? You’re overdue for an attack.”

Within an hour, Vandebona allegedly telephoned Planned Parenthood Los Angeles again and made several death threats, including: “I’m gonna come in there and murder your staff.”

Prior to the alleged threats to the Planned Parenthood facilities, Vandebona allegedly called in a bomb threat to the office of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a Ventura-based non-profit organization that advocates for “zero population growth,” primarily through immigration restrictions.

Vandebona allegedly used anonymous numbers he obtained from the internet to make threatening phone calls to CAPS. In one of the calls, he said, “I’m gonna come in there and kill all of you, dude. Be careful.”

In another call to CAPS in 2022, Vandebona said, “I’m gonna come in there, plant a bomb, and kill as many white Americans as possible. You understand that? Servicemen, families, everybody,” according to the indictment.

If convicted, Vandebona faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for each count of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce, and a statutory maximum sentence of one year in federal prison for each FACE Act count.

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Unfortunately, the same does not apply to the same crimes perpetrated against prolife centers across our nation.

Care to give an example to back up your accusation?

I agree. The anti-right to life terrorist group called “Jane’s Revenge”. firebombed, damage or destroyed multiple Pro-Life locations after the decision on Roe vs. Wade. The militant pro-abortion group vowed and followed through with a “night of rage” on multiple locations across the nation. Funny we didn’t see that lead on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, Washington Post or the New York Times.

I ask the question. where was Merrik Garland, Christopher Wray, Joe Biden and all of the other MALA leftist democrat extremist with these attacks and death threats. I thought no one is above the law. Why were parents at school board meeting deemed terrorist threats and not this group who actually blatantly followed through with their attacks with barely thought or word from the leftist media or the MALA extremist and their supporters.

It appears the scales of justice aren’t applied equally. Typical of the MALA democrats and the current heads of the FBI or Justice Department. Unequal justice without a question.

Rather than just spewing rhetoric, why don’t you just do a quick google search and you will see what you are spouting is incorrect.

Any terrorist or illegal act should be investigated, and charges brought against that person. No matter if they are on the right or the left.

I believe the majority of American people, whether they lean left or right believe this. Unfortunately, the minority extremes on either side use the internet bullhorn to spew their nonsense. And yes, unfortunately Media is not what it used to be, just reporting the facts and letting the people decide how they feel. And this is true on BOTH sides.

You’re full of it. “Common sense guy” what a joke, lmao

I beg to differ. This militant group with ties to ANTIFA, were responsible and took credit for 15 attacks on Pro-Life centers from May 8, 2022 through July 5, 2022.

May 8,2022 – Madison WS. June 8, 2022 – Vancouver, WA.

May 14, 2022 – Reisterstown Md. June 10, 2022 – Gresham, OR.

May 22,.2022 – Olympia, WA. June 14, 2022 – Minneapolis, MN,

May 25, 2022 – Lynwood, WA June 19, 2022 – Redford MI.

May 30, 2022 – Eugene, OR. June 21, 2022 – Jackson MI.

May 30, 2022 – Hollywood, FL. June 25, 2022 – Lynchburg, VA.

June 2, 2022 – Des Moines, IA. July 5, 2022 – St. Paul, MN.

June 2, 2022 – Washington D.C.

The attacks on these centers included fire bombings, vandalism, arson, severe property damage, hate speech graffiti, and threats to the staffs and employees. This isn’t rhetoric, a joke or incorrect. This militant group IS responsible for the acts of terror from coast to coast.

It appears the scales of justice aren’t applied equally. “

It’s always projection with the right.

It’s always blind hypocrisy with the left.