The scary incident occurred at a Starbucks coffee shop in Morristown, NJ. The suspect reportedly walked into the store after 2:00 p.m. and yelled, “There’s no bombs in here” loud enough for store employees to hear him. The suspect then allegedly dropped two bags on the ground and ran out of the coffee shop.
The store employees dialed 911 and contacted the Morristown Police Department, which dispatched police officers to the scene. When Morristown NJ cops got to the Starbucks, they found two suspicious bags on the floor of the coffee shop. Members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad then investigated, while Morristown police closed the downtown area.
It was later determined that the bags did not contain bombs and did not pose a safety threat.
Police officers later apprehended the suspect and took him to Morristown NJ police headquarters, where detectives interviewed him. He was later released from police custody without being criminally charged.
Now Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty is publicly asking why the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office declined to charge the suspect. Dougherty said that prosecutors, not police officers, ultimately decided not to arrest the suspect for making terroristic threats.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Mayor Calls Lack of Charges in Morristown Bomb Scare ‘Inexcusable.’”