GLEN ROCK, NJ – A Hawthorne man was arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up the Glen Rock Library, hours after police determined it was an empty threat.
Carlos R. Pabon, 33, of Hawthorne was charged yesterday with one count each of Terroristic Threats and Creating a False Public Alarm. In accordance with bail reform laws, according to Chief Dean Ackermann, he was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.
Yesterday, October 9, the Glen Rock library director dialed 9-1-1 to report a bomb threat she received in an email she opened approximately one hour after receiving it, police said. The email indicated a bomb was about to go off in the building.
When officers arrived at 1:45 p.m., library patrons had left and the staff had the building at 315 Rock Road in lock down.
Police conducted "an extensive sweep of the building," conducted by officers with the assistance of an explosives K-9 from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. No explosive devices nor any other item of a suspicious nature was found, police said, leading them to determine "the actor did not possess the means to carry out the threat." In just under an hour of arriving, the police released the building from lockdown.
Glen Rock Police, with support from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit, were "quickly" able to identify a potential suspect.
At 5:50 p.m. Pabon was taken into custody at the Ridgewood Bus Terminal and transported back to Glen Rock Police Headquarters.
In accordance with New Jersey’s 2017 Bail Reform Laws, Mr. Pabon was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance before Central Judicial Processing at the Superior Court in Hackensack on October 25.
Chief Ackermann stated the charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Ackermann thanked the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit and the Ridgewood Police Department who assisted with the investigation. He recognized the director and staff of the Glen Rock Public Library who were "calm and professional" in their response to the threat.