A Jersey City man was arrested for calling in a false bomb threat at the Hoboken University Medical Center from a pay phone yesterday afternoon, police said.
Eliezer Ocasio, 39, of Jersey City, was charged with one count of making terroristic threats and two counts of creating a false public alarm, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
At about 1:25 p.m. yesterday, the Hoboken Police Department received a 911 call reporting a bomb threat. An unidentified man called 911 and reported that he placed a bomb inside Hoboken University Medical Center.
Multiple Hoboken Police Officers. under the supervision of Sgt. Steven Kranz. responded along with Jersey City Police Department’s Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit, Hoboken Office of Emergency Management Sgt. William Montanez, and the Hoboken Fire Department.
A search of the hospital was conducted by the bomb squad and K-9 units. They were also assisted by HUMC Security Director Brian McDonough. Additionally, the surrounding areas to the hospital were closed off and Church Square Park was cleared of pedestrians.
At around 4:30 p.m. the search was completed and the results were negative for any devices. Fortunately, no one was at risk and the hospital was not evacuated, authorities said.
The investigation into who called in the bomb threat was conducted by Det. Bret Globke and Det. David DiMartino. The investigation led them to a payphone in the area of 400 Newark St.
Through their investigation, the detectives identified the alleged caller as Ocasio.
At about 5:00 p.m., Jersey City police communicated that they had arrested Ocasio on charges in their jurisdiction.
Quinones generated a warrant complaint charging for Ocasio, which was processed by Jersey City police, before he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, officials said.