Middletown man arrested for allegedly making two bomb threats at Freehold AMC movie complex

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FREEHOLD, N.J. — A Middletown man has been arrested after allegedly making a pair of bomb threats this week at the Freehold AMC movie complex, authorities said Friday.

Jesse Carroll, 22, of Middletown, is charged with two counts of second degree public false alarm. He is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on a $200,000 bond.

The AMC Movie Theater Complex at Freehold Raceway Mall was evacuated twice this week after a series of threatening notes were discovered in the men’s room at the complex.

On Monday evening, Dec. 14, and again on Friday afternoon, Dec. 18, notes were found in the men’s room of the movie complex containing threats to either the theater management or specific threats of bombs inside the theater.

One note on Friday afternoon read: “I’m coming for blood; 4pm bomb, 6pm empty mag in guests.”

After each discovery the movie complex was safely evacuated while law enforcement was called to the scene. A thorough check of the movie complex yielded no threats to the safety of moviegoers, employees or management and business was returned to normal, officials say.

“Making bomb threats in a movie theater is nothing short of domestic terrorism. Thankfully for everyone involved this was a hoax. We have wasted too much time, money and resources with these dangerous and disruptive threats. We will continue to fully respond to every threat to protect our citizens, but we are also going to react with the full force of the law every time threats turn out to be hoaxes,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said.

Anyone with additional information about this case should contact Detective John Catrone of the Freehold Township Police Department at 732-462-7500, or Detective Patrick Petruziello of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443.

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