Police: N.J. man arrested for bomb threats

Police have arrested a New Jersey man who allegedly called in bomb threats Tuesday that forced the evacuation of several Atlantic County schools and a courthouse.

Raheem Brown, 26, of Vineland, was taken into custody Thursday at his home.

Investigators shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday responded to the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse and the Hess Middle School after receiving telephoned threats of bombs being placed inside. Police said a threat was also made to harm a Superior Court judge at the courthouse.

An additional bomb threat was received shortly before 1 p.m. and targeted the Joseph C. Shaner Memorial Elementary School in Mays Landing, according to authorities.

All three properties, along with the Atlantic County Special Services School and Atlantic County Institute of Technology, were evacuated and cleared by bomb-sniffing dogs.

Brown is charged with multiple counts of making terroristic threats and causing a false public alarm. He was imprisoned Thursday at the Atlantic County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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