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N.J. doctor charged with making bomb threat

Katie Park, Staff Writer

Updated: Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:54 PM

Daniel Kessel.

A dermatologist who apparently grew impatient waiting at another doctor’s office and at one point told a receptionist that he was carrying a bomb has been charged with making terroristic threats, police in Northampton Township, Bucks County, said Friday.

Daniel Scott Kessel, 61, of Newtown, who has a practice in Hamilton Square, N.J., was arrested late Thursday afternoon outside a medical office on Second Street Pike in Richboro, police said. He was later arraigned on charges that included threatening to use weapons of mass destruction and released on $75,000 bail, officials said.

His lawyer, Matthew T. Newcomer, said Friday that the incident was the result of miscommunication.

“Dr. Kessel is a respected, long-standing member of the Bucks County and Newtown communities, known for his professional and philanthropic work,” Newcomer said in a statement. “These allegations arise from an unfortunate miscommunication with a colleague’s staff as Dr. Kessel was delivering medical materials. Dr. Kessel is working to resolve this matter.”

Those “medical materials” got Kessel in trouble.

The incident, according to official and other sources, began after Kessel stopped by a former colleague’s practice to drop off a box, and was told he had to wait. That apparently did not sit well with Kessel, who sources said grew impatient.

When a receptionist asked him around 5:40 p.m. what he had in the box, Kessel jokingly responded that he had a bomb.

The alarmed receptionist promptly called police, who responded by closing down Second Street Pike, evacuating the area, and taking Kessel into custody. Township police also called the Philadelphia Police Department Bomb Squad, which determined the box held no explosive materials, just medical equipment.

Katie Park, Staff Writer

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