Christopher M. Young of Freehold Borough was arrested by detectives of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office yesterday and charged with making a false public alarm of a critical infrastructure. Young texted a bomb threat to the agency’s 9-1-1 Telecommunications Center in Freehold on December 8, 2016 from a pre-paid cell phone.
A former employee of the 9-1-1 center who was fired in October of 2016 during his probationary employment, Young’s text claimed there was a bomb in the center.
“These types of threats are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated to ensure the safety of the people who live and work in Monmouth County,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “I commend our detectives from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office for fully responding to this false public alarm and actively working to find out who was responsible for this disruptive and potentially dangerous threat.”
Detectives investigated the threat through cell phone tracking and surveillance. When apprehended, Young made a full confession to the second degree crime, according to a statement by the Sheriff’s Office.
Last October, following his termination from the Sheriff’s Office, Young threatened to kill MMM publisher Art Gallagher after Gallagher deleted an inappropriate comment Young made about the Sheriff’s Office in the Monmouth County News Group on facebook.
Gallagher reported the threat to the Highlands Police Department. Detective George Ruth investigated and concluded that Young did not present a credible threat after he confessed.
Young was issued a summons and released after his arrest on February 1.