Roxbury Man Accused of Detonating Explosive Near Lake After Threatening Co-Worker
Authorities arrested a Roxbury (Morris County) man on February 4 who they said showed a homemade bomb to a woman before detonating it near a lake. Christopher Faschan (pictured), 31, faces charges of possession of an explosive device with the purpose to use it unlawfully, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats. Authorities said Faschan drove to the home of a co-worker in Byram (Sussex County) on February 1. They had previously argued. The co-worker’s wife noticed Faschan’s vehicle in their driveway and approached him. Byram then showed the woman a homemade explosive device he said was a bomb and also noted it was the type of device that “you could stick to the bottom of your car,” Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch said. After their interaction, Faschan is accused of leaving the residence and detonating the explosive device near or in Lake Lackawanna. Authorities said the alleged victim and other residents near the lake heard the explosion, but they reported nobody was injured and that the area was deemed safe following an investigation.
Teen Charged with Bringing Loaded Gun to Jersey City School
A 14-year-old accused of going to school in Jersey City (Hudson County) with a loaded gun in his backpack is charged with four weapons offenses. Authorities arrested the teen, who has not been identified due to his age, on February 6 after officials at James F. Murray Elementary School received a tip from another student’s mother. Police found the gun inside the eighth grader’s bag, which the student had put in his locker. Authorities said that the teen told a school resource officer he brought the gun for personal protection. Police officers, SWAT team members, firefighters, and members of the bomb squad were already on the premises since the school was hosting a career day event. The school educates students in pre-K through eighth grade. Officials said there were no injuries. The teen is charged with possession of a handgun by a minor, possession of a weapon inside an educational institution, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. Police are still investigating and have not determined how the teen got the gun.
Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Calling in Bomb Threats to Government Buildings, TV Stations
A Baltimore man faces up to five years in prison after admitting on January 31 he made bomb threats against federal government buildings and multiple television stations. George Tomasack, 47, pleaded guilty to making threatening calls after threatening to blow up buildings while claiming to be a member of ISIS in 2016. According to a plea agreement, Tomasack called the Pentagon Tours Office on October 25, 2016, and said he was an “ISIS threat.” He called a CNN news affiliate in Atlanta on the same day and stated ISIS planned on blowing up a government building. Prosecutors noted that Tomasack also made threatening calls to the White House, Department of Justice, Baltimore City Circuit Court, and the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office, as well as television news stations in Baltimore; Fort Worth, Texas; and Sacramento, California. Investigators said that Tomasack admitted making the threats in January 2017 after they traced the calls to a prepaid mobile number. In addition to the prison term, Tomasack could receive a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on May 3.