A man questioned about a bomb threat made to Town Hall admitted making the call, but said the statement he provided may have been misunderstood, Morristown Police said.
Vincent Pasquarello, of Phoenixville, Pa. (age not provided by police at the time of this post), was arrested and charged with false public alarm shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 2.
According to a report filed by officer Keith Hudson, an employee in the Morristown violations bureau received a phone call at 10:22 a.m. from a male who said he had been told to call and say there is a bomb in the building. He then hung up without saying another word, according to the report.
A check of the number indicated the phone used to make the call was connected to a 57-year-old female with the last name of "Pasquarello" from Phoenixville, Pa., according to the report. Police called the number, which went straight to voicemail that said, "you've reached Vinnie, leave a message."
While deciding whether to sweep Town Hall for a bomb check, additional searches revealed a Vincent Pasquarello also lived in Phoenixville, Pa., and had presently been scheduled to appear before a judge in Morris County Superior Court, located on the other side of town.
Records indicated Pasquarello had been accompanied by his father, who was called by police. The father informed police he had left his son in town and he was likely somewhere looking for something to eat or to buy a pack of cigarettes, according to the report.
Officers went in search for Pasquarello, finding him walking at South Street and Miller Road near the Morristown and Morris Township Library. Pasquarello identified himself and was subsequently placed under arrest for unrelated traffic warrants, according to the report.
Pasquarello later admitted at police headquarters he had made a phone call to the court but told police, "the statement he made may have been misunderstood," according to the report. He then said he would like to speak to a lawyer.
Pasquarello was later transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility on other charges.
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