FAIRFIELD, NJ - Jorge Perez, 29, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was arrested for creating a false public alarm, calling 911 without purpose and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on Feb. 10 by the Fairfield Police Department.
At approximately 8:05 a.m. on that date, the Fairfield Police Department received an initial 911 call that was disconnected seconds after it was received. Pursuant to protocol, the police dispatcher called the number back to assure that the caller did not need help.
Upon call back, the caller reported to the dispatcher that an employee at Automated Building Technologies, located at 6 Daniel Road, was believed to have a bomb. Emergency personnel including the Fairfield Police and Fire Departments, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad and an EMS ambulance were dispatched to the scene. The building was evacuated pending the arrival of the bomb squad.
During the course of the investigation at the scene, it was determined that the call received by the police department had been made from a cell phone that was located in the vicinity of 6 Daniel Road. Sergeant Paul Bowden then discovered that there were two vans filled with temporary warehouse employees who were waiting to go to work in another company located in the rear of 6 Daniel Road. Further investigation revealed that the telephone number that the bomb threat was received from allegedly belonged to Perez who was one of the temporary employees that was in the van. Perez was placed under arrest. He was allegedly found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana.
It is alleged that Perez made the knowingly false bomb threat in retaliation for him and his co-workers having arrived at the location to work at 8:00 a.m. but thereafter being told that they would not be permitted to start work until 10:00 a.m.
“Obviously, anytime someone reports a false incident to emergency personnel, there are severe consequences attached to their actions” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “In this case, a variety of emergency resources were tied up and a company inconvenienced for absolutely no reason.”
Perez was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance date of Feb. 19 in the Superior Court in Newark.