NUTLEY, NJ - As rumors continue to swirl across social media and chat rooms, the Nutley Police Department provided additional information regarding the 'suspicious incident' at the Nutley Public Library on Tuesday April 18. The incident that led up to the township wide alert was a case of a juvenile creating creating public alarms.
In the late afternoon a township wide alert was issued which read:
Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo are advising residents of a suspicious incident that is taking place at the Nutley Public Library.
Chief Strumolo said that at 3:30 PM this date Nutley Police received information of a suspicious incident involving possible threats. Police are on scene now assessing the situation along with school and Library officials. The area has been contained as a precaution, and there is no risk of threat to the public at this time.
The situation is under control and remains an active investigation by the Nutley Detective Bureau.
Nutley Police Detective Captain Green received information that two individuals entered the Nutley Public Library, with one of them making threats. Police secured the location, blocked streets, and moved everyone to a safe location. The street closures affected parents picking up students in the area.
With the assistance of Nutley Public Schools and Nutley Public Library officials, the two juveniles were identified. One was charged with creating public alarms and released to his parents. The other is still pending.
Nutley Police Chief reiterated that there was no threat to the public. He also stated that the threats were unsupported. Nutley Police spring into action immediately to keep the community safe, then use the community alert system to keep residents informed and assure the community that there is no cause for concern.
Police Director Petracco praised the efforts of the Nutley Police Department.