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Jersey City man charged with calling in bomb threat to Hoboken hospital: police

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Posted at 2:57 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 14:57:52-04

HOBOKEN, N.J. — A Jersey City man has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats after calling in a bomb threat to Hoboken University Medical Center on Sunday, police said Monday.

Eliezer Ocasio, 39, is accused of calling 911 around 1:25 p.m. and telling the operator he placed a bomb inside the hospital, according to the Hoboken Police Department.

Police, bomb squad units and K-9 units from several departments swarmed the medical center and conducted a search. Police closed off areas surrounding the hospital and Church Square Park was cleared of pedestrians.

The hospital was locked down but it was not evacuated.

The lockdown was lifted around 4:30 p.m. after it was determined there were no visible threats of danger, according to police.

Investigators were able to trace the 911 call to a payphone near 400 Newark St., just blocks from the medical center.

Police identified Ocasio as the suspect and he was taken into custody by Jersey City police just before 5 p.m.

Ocasio faces charges of making terroristic threats and causing false public alarm, according to police.

He was transferred to the custody of Hoboken police and taken to Hudson County Correctional Facility, officials said.

This story comprises reporting from PIX11's Aliza Chasan.