Hackensack Man Accused of Threatening Fellow Passenger in Bias Incident on Bus
A Hackensack man (Bergen County) was arrested on May 15 in connection with a bias crime that took place on a jitney bus traveling in Paramus (Bergen County). Authorities said that Victor Colon (pictured), 51, harassed a fellow passenger during their ride on May 2. Police said that after stomping on the man’s foot and moving his seat closer to him, Colon asked if he was Indian and called him a terrorist. Colon claimed the other man’s family was responsible for his father’s death and for the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. Colon also spit on the man and made slashing motions that struck his backpack while holding a box cutter, according to authorities. Court records noted that Colon then demanded the driver stop the bus before threatening to kill the other passenger if he did not get off. The man contacted police after exiting the back of the bus, while Colon remained on until the next stop. Colon is charged with bias intimidation, terrorist threats, and aggravated assault with a weapon. The 12-minute incident was caught on surveillance video. Police said that a tip helped them identify Colon and his location.
Suspected Gunmen in Colorado School Shooting Charged
Two students accused of fatally shooting one classmate and injuring eight others at a school in Colorado were charged in state court on May 15. Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, each face 48 counts that include murder, attempted murder, and weapons charges. Prosecutors stated that both suspects will both be tried as adults; however, McKinney’s attorney said she will attempt to have her client’s case moved to juvenile court. The judge will address a request by prosectuors to make some documents public at the next hearing scheduled for June 7. Erickson and McKinney are accused of opening fire with handguns at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7. Authorities said Erickson took the firearms, which were legally purchased, from his parents. Three students wrestled Erickson down and disarmed him inside a classroom, including 18-year-senior Kendrick Castillo, who was killed while rushing the gunman. A memorial service for Castillo was held the same day the charges were announced. Officials said a private security guard patrolling the school detained McKinney. Authorities have not determined a motive for the attack. The incident occurred just over two weeks after the 20th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School, which is 7 miles from the STEM school.
Indiana Man Who Threatened Abortion Clinics Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
A man who posted multiple online threats that a federal judge considered terrorism against two Chicago-area abortion clinics received a sentence of 18 months in prison on May 14. Luke Wiersma, 35, of Dyer, Indiana, sent threats of violence on at least seven occasions between October and November 2017 to clinics in Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. The messages were sent through contact forms on the clinics’ websites. Wiersma stated that he wanted “you all to die” in one threat to the Chicago clinic. In another, he said, “I will blow you up if I have to, burn the clinic down.” When sending the threats, Wiersma used an anonymous email address that referenced an anti-abortion extremist group he had been associated with. He pleaded guilty on November 6 to charges of sending a threat to injure and intimidating employees of a reproductive health services provider.