According to authorities, a man inside the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne NJ found a security guard and claimed to have seen a threatening note. The man told the security guard that he had come across a handwritten note indicating that bombs were planted at the mall.
The Willowbrook Mall security guard immediately notified the Wayne Police Department, which dispatched police officers to the mall. Wayne cops then asked the man to show them where he had seen the threatening note.
As the man was leading police to the location of the note, he fell to the ground and began to suffer from an apparent medical problem. He was stabilized and later transported to a local hospital.
Meanwhile, the fear of explosive devices having been planted in the building prompted security to evacuate the Willowbrook Mall.
The Passaic County Sheriff s Office bomb squad subsequently conducted a sweep of the mall and searched for explosive devices. The bomb squad did not find any bombs in the Willowbrook Mall.
Assuming the person responsible for the threat is apprehended, that individual would likely face criminal charges for making terroristic threats. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, a person who threatens to commit a crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize or to cause evacuation of a building can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree terroristic threats charges could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Bomb Threat Report Clears Willowbrook Mall in Wayne.”