Hackensack Man Charged in Threat to Blow Up Bergen County Courthouse
A Hackensack (Bergen County) man accused of calling in a bomb threat to a county courthouse earlier this year faces charges of terroristic threats and false public alarm against a critical infrastructure. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office announced the charges against Christopher Camargo on May 12. Prosecutors said Camargo made a bomb threat when he called the Bergen County Courthouse on February 5. The 25-year-old used technology to conceal his telephone number. Members of the Cyber Crimes Unit at the prosecutor’s office and the Hackensack Police Department traced the call to Camargo. Authorities arrested Camargo on May 11, and he is being held at the Bergen County Jail. He has also been charged with several drug court violations earlier this year. Camargo was previously arrested in January 2015 when he and an accomplice robbed a bank in Toms River (Ocean County).
Gunman Charged With Capital Murder After Killing 10, Injuring Several Others at Texas High School
A 17-year-old student suspected of killing 10 people and injuring at least 10 others at a Houston-area high school on May 18 is charged with capital murder. Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire in a classroom at the beginning of the school day at Santa Fe High School, killing eight students and two teachers, authorities said. Pagourtzis, who was armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber revolver legally owned by his father, engaged in a 25-minute shootout with deputies before surrendering. Two law enforcement officers were among the injured. Authorities also discovered explosive devices, some of which were functional, on campus and in areas near the high school, including in Pagourtzis’ home and vehicle. Pagourtzis, who reportedly admitted to shooting people with the intent of killing them and sparing the lives of those he liked, researched previous mass killing before carrying out the attack. Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated that journal entries from Pagourtzis detailed his plans to carry out the shooting and then commit suicide. Social media postings by Pagourtzis included photos of weapons, a T-shirt with the words “Born to Kill,” and a jacket with Nazi and fascist symbols.
Woman Killed, Three People Injured in Explosion at Office Building in California
An explosion at an office building in Southern California on May 15 resulted in the death of one woman and injuries to three other individuals. Authorities said the blast, which caused significant damage to a corner of the building, was intentional. Ildiko Krajnyak, 48, a cosmetologist who owned a day spa in the facility, was killed. Two people believed to be customers suffered injuries requiring surgery and are expected to survive. Another victim received treatment for smoke inhalation. Authorities have not stated that Krajnyak was targeted, but she was the intended recipient of a package containing an explosive device. Remnants of that device have been sent to an FBI lab in Virginia to be analyzed. Krajnyak’s ex-boyfriend, Stephen Beal, was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an unregistered destructive device after a search at his home the next day. Investigators said they found two complete improvised explosive devices and firearms. Beal said he had been a model rocket hobbyist. Beal is not charged in connection with the explosion, according to the FBI. Authorities said photos on a social media account belonging to Beal showed Krajnyak and the 59-year-old traveling together.