SADDLE BROOK, N.J. -- Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old Saddle Brook man whom they identified as the caller of a bomb threat at Bergen Community College Monday afternoon, which resulted in an evacuation of all three of its campuses.
Nicholas Donnarumma has been charged with terroristic threats and false public alarm following an investigation by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, and the Paramus and Saddle Brook Police Departments who probed the unspecified bomb threat at BCC, which was called into the Paramus Police Department on November 18.
On Monday, the Paramus Police Department phoned the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit to inform them of an unknown caller who used technology to anonymize his calling line identity and told police that there was a bomb on the campus.
That day, all three BCC campuses on Paramus, Hackensack and Lyndhurst were briefly evacuated at around 3 p.m. The evacuation was lifted shortly thereafter following sweeps by members of The Paramus Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Bergen County Bomb Squad, the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team, and the Paramus Fire Department who responded and determined that the calls were a false alarm.
Meanwhile, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation to trace the calls, and discovered that Donnarumma had placed them. It was also ascertained that Donnarumma made a similar call to the Saddle Brook Police Department on October 27 claiming the same about a bomb being planted at a local business. That call prompted an intervention from the Saddle Brook Police and Fire Departments and the Bergen County Bomb Squad.
Donnarumma was charged with two counts of false public alarm and two counts of terroristic threats. He is due in court on December 4.