HOBOKEN, NJ - After a bomb threat shut down a number of blocks surrounding Hoboken University Medical Center on Sunday, police announced they have arrested the individual responsible for the false alarm.
Just before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, an unknown male called 911 and reported that he placed a bomb inside Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC). Multiple Hoboken Police Officers under the supervision of Sergeant Steven Kranz responded—as did units from Jersey City Police Bomb Squad/K9, Hudson County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad/K9, Hoboken OEM Sergeant William Montanez, and the Hoboken Fire Department.
The hospital search was conducted by Hudson County and Jersey City Bomb Squad/K9 units, assisted by HUMC Security Director Brian McDonough. Areas adjacent to the hospital were closed off and nearby Church Square Park was cleared. By about 4:30 p.m., the search was completed and the results were negative for any devices. Fortunately, no one was at risk and the hospital was not evacuated.
Det. Bret Globke's and Det. David DiMartino's ensuing investigation led them to a payphone near 400 Newark Street. The detectives were then able to identify the alleged caller as Eliezer Ocasio, 39, from Jersey City. He was arrested at about 5:00 p.m. by the Jersey City Police Department
Det. John Quinones generated a warrant complaint charging Eliezer Ocasio with Terroristic Threats and two counts of False Public Alarm. The warrant compliant was processed by JCPD and Ocasio was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
As of yet, no motive has been disclosed for Ocasio's alleged threat.
Defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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