Man arrested in fake Hoboken hospital bomb threat

Jersey City man allegedly used payphone to call in phony threat

Man arrested in fake Hoboken hospital bomb threat
Multiple law enforcement agencies searched the hospital and closed off surrounding streets and parks after the bomb threat was called in.

A Jersey City man has been arrested after he allegedly falsely reported that he placed a bomb inside Hoboken University Medical Center on July 19.

According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, at about 1:25 p.m., on July 19, the HPD received a 911 call reporting a bomb threat.

An unknown male allegedly called 911 and reported that he’d placed a bomb inside HUMC.

Through their investigation, police identified the alleged caller as Jersey City resident Eliezer Ocasio, 39.

Multiple Hoboken Police Officers under the supervision of Sergeant Steven Kranz responded along with the Jersey City Police Bomb Squad and K9 units, Hudson County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad and K9 units, Hoboken’s Office of Emergency Management Sergeant William Montanez, and the Hoboken Fire Department.

Hudson County and Jersey City Bomb Squad and K9 units searched the hospital assisted by HUMC Security Director Brian McDonough.

Areas surrounding the hospital were closed off, and police cleared neighboring Church Square Park of pedestrians.

After several hours of searching, at about 4:30 p.m. the search was completed, and no bombs or explosive devices were found.

No one was at risk, and the hospital was not evacuated.

Detective Bret Globke and Detective David DiMartino conducted the investigation into who called in the bomb threat.

Their investigation led them to a payphone in the area of 400 Newark St.

At about 5 p.m., that same day, the Jersey City Police Department notified the Hoboken Police Department that it had arrested Ocasio on charges in their jurisdiction.

Det. John Quinones generated a warrant complaint charging Ocasio with Terroristic Threats and two counts of False Public Alarm.

It was then processed by Jersey City Police, and Ocasio was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Occasio is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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