Hoboken police have new suspects in ongoing ‘terrorism’ flyer case

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The Hoboken Police Department has revealed new suspects potentially involved with the “terrorism” flyers that were distributed days before the mayor’s race, urging anyone involved to come froward.

Photos courtesy of Hoboken police.
Photos courtesy of Hoboken police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I will reiterate, our detectives have been investigating this matter around the clock since Friday night, November 3rd. I am proud of the work they have done and how much evidence they have recovered,” Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante said in a statement.

“I continue to ask the public to please let us know if you can identify any of these individuals so we can find those responsible for this act!”

The Hoboken Police Department’s Investigative Bureau is continuing to investigate a bias incident in which several individuals distributed election flyers depicting Mayor-Elect Ravi Bhalla with the words “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our town!.”

The department revealed this afternoon that they are following new leads and speaking to possible witnesses about the identities of the individuals.

The individual depicted above are persons of interest in this investigation and anyone who has seen them is asked to call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2131 or contact Det. Robert Roman at romanr@hobokenpd.org.

Furthermore, Capt. Charles Campbell urges anyone with pertinent information regarding this act to also contact him at 201-420-5103 or campbellc@hobokenpd.org.

“If you recognize the individuals posting the flyers or, in fact are involved in this but were unaware of the severity, it would be beneficial to speak with us to provide information as to the origins of the flyer itself,” added Campbell.

Over the weekend, 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco’s sister started a GoFundMe page to raise a $15,000 reward for anyone who can identify the origins of the flyer, which said it was paid for my his campaign – a claim he immediately denied, speaking out against hate speech.

As of 3:52 p.m. this afternoon, the page has raised $8,275.

While the four elected officials who were seeking the mayor’s seat all denounced the flyer, no one has taken any responsibility for producing it.

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