Arrest made in Hamilton Township bomb threat case

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Raheem Brown Raheem Brown HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A 36-year-old Vineland man was arrested at his residence Thursday, Feb. 6 and charged in connection with a series of bomb threats that caused the evacuation of of the county courthouse and two local schools Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Raheem Brown was arrested without incident by detectives from Hamilton Township, the New Jersey State Police Teams Unit and the Vineland Police Department.

He was transported to the Township of Hamilton Police Department and charged with multiple counts of making terroristic threats and causing false public alarm, police said. Bail was set by Municipal Court Judge H. Robert Switzer at $500,000.

Brown was lodged in the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing in default of bail.

Police and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of bomb threats to the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse and the Hess Middle School 10:58 a.m. Feb. 4.

Officers and school officials evacuated the Hess School, and it was cleared by bomb-sniffing dogs with no devices being found.

The Sheriff’s Department evacuated the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse, which was also cleared by bomb-sniffing dogs with no devices being found. In addition to the bomb threats, there was a threat to harm a Superior Court judge at the courthouse, police said.

The Atlantic County Special Services School and the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, both nearby, were placed on lockdown and cleared by the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department.

At 12:58 p.m. a bomb threat was received at the Shaner Elementary School in Mays Landing. Officers and school officials evacuated the school and it was cleared by bomb-sniffing dogs with no devices found.

Students from Hess School were evacuated to the William Davies Middle School and dismissed from there. Shaner students were evacuated to the St. Vincent de Paul School and dismissed from that location.

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Charlie Pritchard / Police officers from various locales were on the scene to investigate the bomb threat at the Atlantic County Courthouse in Mays Landing Tuesday. Charlie Pritchard / Police officers from various locales were on the scene to investigate the bomb threat at the Atlantic County Courthouse in Mays Landing Tuesday.

 


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