According to authorities, the suspect was upset about a job-related issue. The 29-year-old suspect is reportedly a day laborer who hails from New Bedford, MA.
The suspect allegedly got angry when he and other temporary workers were not allowed to start working at Automated Building Technologies. The business is located on Daniel Road in Fairfield, NJ.
Although the suspect and other workers showed up to work at 8 a.m., they were informed that they would not be allowed to start working until at least 10 a.m.
According to police, the suspect dialed 911 but immediately hung up. When the police dispatcher called him back, he allegedly said that an employee at the business had a bomb.
The bomb scare resulted in Fairfield police and firefighters being dispatched to the scene. Additionally, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad and emergency medical responders also arrived at the scene.
When authorities got to the business, they investigated and determined that the bomb warning had come from the suspect’s cell phone.
Police eventually found the suspect sitting inside a van with a number of other warehouse workers. The suspect was reportedly waiting to start work.
A subsequent investigation led police to conclude that there were no bombs or other explosives on the worksite.
The suspect was then taken into custody and placed under arrest.
Although the suspect will not face terroristic threats charges, he has been charged with creating a false public alarm under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3. Additionally, the suspect has been charged with simple possession of marijuana because police allegedly discovered him with a small amount of pot.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was released from custody on his own recognizance. He has a pending court date in Essex County Superior Court in Newark, NJ.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Angry Day Laborer Called in Phony Bomb Scare at Fairfield Business, Police Say.”