HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 16-year-old juvenile who phoned in six calls to multiple area police departments claiming there was a bomb on two unnamed school campuses in Hackensack and Paramus, has been taken into protective custody and charged with terroristic threats and false public alarm.
Last Thursday and Friday, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit received information that several area police departments fielded six phone calls from an anonymous caller who used technology to conceal the juvenile’s identity. According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the caller claimed a bomb was on the campus of two unnamed schools -- one in Hackensack and the other in Paramus. First responders, which included members of the police force in Paramus and Hackensack, along with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Bergen County Bomb Squad, the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team, and the Hackensack and Paramus Fire Departments, acted quickly.
An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit, the Hackensack Police Department, the Paramus Police Department, with assistance from the Elmwood Park Police Department, the Paramus and Hackensack Fire Departments, and the Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center determined that the traced calls -- placed by an unnamed juvenile -- were a false alarm.
The juvenile was taken into protective custody in Paramus on Friday, February 28. He was charged with Juvenile Delinquency, False Report Of A Bomb, a second degree crime, and three counts of Terroristic Threats, a third degree crime.
The juvenile was remanded to the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center pending action by the Family Court.