SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge Thursday dismissed felony kidnapping and false imprisonment charges against a distraught Antioch man who caused a Veterans Day traffic snarl on the Bay Bridge.
Craig Carlos-Valentino, 52, was arrested Nov. 11 after he stopped on the westbound upper deck of the bridge just past the Treasure Island tunnel, and allegedly phoned in a bomb threat. He has been in custody on $750,000 bail since then.
He still faces felony counts of child endangerment and making a false bomb threat, as well as misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm and delaying or resisting police.
Following a preliminary court hearing, a judge found there was insufficient evidence to hold Carlos-Valentino for trial for allegedly kidnapping his 16-year-old daughter. The girl was in his Ford Explorer with him when he pulled over on the bridge about 7 a.m. and allegedly called a local radio station and police, claiming he had two pipe bombs and a gun.
He allegedly brandished a handgun in front of officers who responded and threatened to kill himself, according to police. He then tossed the gun into the Bay and was later taken into custody. No explosives were found in the car, but a stun gun and a replica handgun were recovered there.
Carlos-Valentino was reportedly distraught after learning his wife had cheated on him.