A Florida teenager has been charged with making a false bomb threat against a Kenilworth residence earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.
Complaints of threatening to discharge a destructive device, making a false report of planting a bomb or explosive, issuing a false police report, fraud, and other offenses were filed by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office against the 16-year-old defendant, whose name is being withheld due to his age.
The date was July 21, 2013 when the Kenilworth Police Department received a 911 call via Skype, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Susan Gleason, who assisted Florida authorities investigating the case. The person making the threat, whose voice was modified during the call, claimed to be a 19-year-old resident of the 600 block of Newark Avenue in Kenilworth and threatened to kill two of his younger siblings and blow up his home, Gleason said.
Responding police found a 19-year-old resident at the home and took him into custody, but quickly determined that he had not placed the threatening call – the victim did not even have any younger siblings, and no one else was home at the time. Using phone and Internet records, investigators later managed to trace the call to a residence in Florida and identified the 16-year-old as a suspect.
The emergency response to the false bomb threat resulted in expenses exceeding $7,000, and the juvenile defendant, if convicted, is expected to be ordered to pay restitution.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.