It took police less than a day to make an arrest following Sunday’s bogus bomb threat against the Hoboken University Medical Center. According to Detective/Lieutenant Danilo Cabrera, Commander of the Hoboken Police Investigation Bureau, 39-year old, Jersey City resident Eliezer Ocasio has been taken into custody and charged with Making Terroristic Treats and False Public Alarm.
At about 1:25 on Sunday afternoon, Ocasio is alleged to have made a 911 call from a pay phone, reporting that he placed a bomb inside of HUMC. Numerous law enforcement and first responders arrive at the hospital, including the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments, the Hoboken Ambulance Corps, the Jersey City Police Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit, as well as the Hudson County Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit. The HUMC Security Director Brian McDonough assisted all agencies involved.
By 4:30 p.m. it was determined that the hospital was safe and secure and there was no bomb.
A Hoboken Police investigation led them to a pay phone in the area of 400 Newark Street. Detectives were able to identify the caller as Ocasio. At approximately 5 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, Jersey City Police contacted Hoboken Police, informing them they had arrested Ocasio. The suspect was transported to the Hudson County Jail in Kearny.
Ocscio is innocent until proven guilty in court.
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