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NJ TRANSIT POLICE MAKE ARREST IN FALSE BOMB THREAT

Suspect used lost phone in the hoax

NJT-12-013

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
— The NJ TRANSIT Police Department announced the arrest of a 45-year old New Brunswick man for a false bomb threat made to the New Brunswick train station on December 16, 2011.  Russell P. Gardner was placed under arrest on Wednesday, February 22, after an extensive NJ TRANSIT police investigation.

 

On December 16, 2011, Gardner allegedly called the New Brunswick Police Department stating “there’s a bomb in the New Brunswick train station” and hung up the phone.  NJ TRANSIT officers and K-9 units immediately searched the entire train station and determined the call to be a hoax.   Authorities later determined that the cell phone Gardner used to make his false threat was previously reported lost. 

 

Gardner was charged with False Report to Law Enforcement and Creating a False Public Alarm, a disorderly persons and 3rd degree indictable offense respectively.  The charge of False Report to Law Enforcement carries up to 6 months in jail.  Creating a False Public Alarm is punishable by up to 5 years behind bars.  Gardner was released on his own personal recognizance with a future pending court date.    

 

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